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A NUTritional powerhouse:

Good things come in small packages, and pistachios are no exception! Our pistachio butters and spreads contain a rare combination of many nutritional benefits, which have been known by pistachio-lovers for centuries all over the world. 

Pistachios are considered a “complete protein source”; this means they contain all nine essential amino acids in consistent amounts. Humans are unable to naturally synthesize these amino acids and must get them from food sources. 

In addition to amino acids, pistachios provide monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These healthy fats can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support gut health and reduce inflammation. And almost all of the fat content in pistachios is from these healthy fats!

Ever heard of phytochemicals? Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants for their protective and antioxidant capabilities — they have antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Pistachios are chock full of them!

Speaking of antioxidants, pistachios have them in high amounts. These powerful protectors help defend your cells against damage.

Pistachios are rich in antioxidants relative to other nuts, particularly:

    • Lutein and Beta Carotene: may protect from free radicals/may improve eye function
    • Gamma Tocopherol: can help reduce oxidative stress in the brain
    • Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Phenolics and Flavonoids

 

Another benefit of pistachios is their high fiber content (compared to other nuts). Fiber helps you feel fuller longer, which can be particularly helpful for weight control. It’s digested by your good gut bacteria and helps them thrive. Some research also says that a high-fiber diet may help reduce the risk of some cancers, heart disease, and digestive issues.

Like many other nuts, pistachios are a low glycemic index food. The glycemic index measures the impact of carbohydrates on your blood sugar levels, depending on how quickly the carbohydrates in the food are digested and absorbed. Foods with lower GI are broken down more slowly, which avoids spikes in the levels of blood sugar and insulin. These foods are beneficial for weight loss, blood sugar control and reducing hunger and cravings between meals.

And speaking of sugar, we never use any! Our all-natural products are either entirely unsweetened (because they don’t need to be), or naturally sweetened with date paste. Perfect for a sugar-free, gluten-free, low-carb and/or Vegan lifestyle!

 

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