Pistachios are the fruits of the Pistacia vera, a member of the Anacardiaceae, or Cashew, family and originating from the Middle East. This type of dried fruit is rich in vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, but also mineral salts such as iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, manganese and copper. Pistachios bring also good fats for the health of the cardiovascular system, in fact pistachios help to lower LDL cholesterol and a Pennsylvania University study published on the Journal of the American Heart Association in 2014 shows that the introduction of pistachios in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes, but with blood glucose under control, can help protect the heart and arteries from stress caused by diabetes.
In addition to this, according to scientific studies, pistachios would also play a role in preventing certain type of cancers, according to a research published in 2013 on the British Journal of Cancer by a group of scientists from Harvard University, Boston USA and Brigham and Women's Hospital, eating 2 times a week a portion of about 30g of dried fruit including pistachios, would reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer in women. Lutein and zeaxanthin contained in pistachios are important antioxidants to ensure the eye health. You can easily eat pistachios, as long as they do not have salt, as a snack in the middle of the morning, thanks to the fiber and protein contained in this type of dried fruit, that results nutritious and satiating, you will be able to face the hours between you and the next meal full of energy.