Pistachio Power

Pistachio Power!

A new study highlighted in the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter suggests that eating tree nuts such as Pistachios may help fight Type II  Diabetes.  Tree nuts include walnuts, hazelnuts,almonds,brazil nuts,cashews, pecans, pine nuts,macadamia nuts  and of course pistachios.

How Tree Nuts Help?

Tree nuts according to the report help the body better control blood sugar and help to reduce inflammation  Prediabetic patients in a study done in Spain ate two ounces or 57 grams of Pistachios daily.  After 4 months this group had significant reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels and showed a reduction of inflammation in their bodies.   It was pointed out that Pistachios are a concentrated energy source so you would need to eat them instead of something else you might eat to keep your calorie consumption under control.

A Powerful Pistachio Punch!

Two Ounces of Pistachios contain:

  • 321 Calories
  • 11.9 grams of protein
  • 5.6 grams of fiber
  • 16.7 grams of carbohydrates
  • 571 milligrams of potassium
  • 21 grams of unsaturated fat
  • 3 grams of saturated fat
  • no cholesterol

In conclusion studies showed adding more tree nuts into your diet may help to lower your levels of fasting glucose and your HbAic over time. A possible explanation offered is that tree nuts are high in healthy fats and fiber are low in carbohydrates and by substituting this for foods you should not be consuming you lower the glycemic load on your body.