The Power of American Pistachios
American Pistachio Growers organized a virtual knowledge session on 27th May 2020 with Dr Mike Roussell, who is a globally renowned Nutrition Consultant, author, and advisor from the USA. It was an interesting session wherein he spoke about the importance of Protein intake for everyone. He also mentioned about a new analysis that states U.S. grown roasted pistachios meet the generally accepted definition as a “complete protein,” meaning they join the ranks of a small number of plant proteins such as quinoa, chickpeas, and soybeans that have become popular among vegetarians and consumers who wish to move away from animal proteins.
The Food and Drug Administration defines a “complete” protein as a food that contains adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids (the protein building blocks that our body does not naturally produce and need from food). The protein quality of pistachios was assessed for the first time at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The study determined that pistachios contain all 9 essential amino acids necessary for supporting growth and maintaining health for those 5 years and older, therefore they are a “complete” protein.
Sumit Saran, In-Country Marketing Representative, American Pistachio Growers added, “At American Pistachio Growers, we aim to inform and educate Indian consumers about the power of pistachios. Our analysis shows that most children in India do not consume pistachios. The fact that these nuts are a “complete” protein means that they are extremely essential for young bodies and minds to consume and we are working to spread awareness.”
Benefits of American Pistachios:
Loaded with nutrients
Pistachios are quite nutritious, and they contain protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, Potassium, Phosphorus, Vitamin B6, Thiamine, Copper, and Manganese.
Full of antioxidants
Antioxidants are essential for your health and can prevent cell damage. They can reduce the risk of diseases like cancer as they have more antioxidants than other seeds and nuts. Pistachios are good for eye health too and protect them from damage caused by blue-light as they are high in lutein and zeaxanthin.
Low in calorie
While other nuts are typically high in calories, Pistachios are lowest-calorie nuts. They have a higher ratio of amino acids and have more protein.
May lower cholesterol and blood pressure
Pistachios can lower the risk of heart disease and can lower blood cholesterol. It can lower blood pressure as compared to other nuts.
American Pistachios can also be used in cooking and baking and taste great with vegetable stir-fries. You can toss them on salads or pasta or make a pesto using them. These seeds of Pistachio Vera Tree contain healthy fats along with fiber, antioxidants, and protein.
Pistachios are a power food as they are a complete source of plant-based protein. They are a handy food, which can be consumed anytime and anywhere as they do not require cooking.
About American Pistachio Growers:
APG is a non-profit trade association that has more than 865 members working as processors, pistachio growers, and industry partners in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The company grows and harvests the yield in a responsible manner and is spreading awareness about the health benefits provided by this super-food.
Pistachios are a delicious and versatile food that can improve your overall health, so include them in your diet starting today.