Are pistachios good for you?


Quick Answer

Pistachios are small nuts, but very nutritious. In addition to containing numerous minerals and vitamins, pistachios are a good source of fiber, vitamin E and protein. They also may help keep the heart healthy.

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Pistachios contain omega-3 fatty acids that can lower blood pressure and promote normal heart rhythm. However, the healthy heart benefits can be minimized if a person opts for pistachios that are salted. Individuals should consume roasted and unsalted pistachios to get optimal heath benefits. One ounce of pistachios contains 133 of the 700 total grams of phosphorus an average person should consume each day. Phosphorus helps keep bones strong.

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