Just what's in a nut?Posted on: 08 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves
There have been numerous articles extolling the virtues of the humble nut, but what do we really know about the nutritional values that they offer?
More than 400 members of 50connect were kind enough to enter a survey last month to give Wonderful Pistachios an insight into your thoughts about nuts and, in particular, the pistachio.
Pistachios have long been sought after. Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba decreed pistachios an exclusively royal food, going so far as to forbid commoners from growing the nut for personal use.
It seems this popularity still holds true today, with one in five survey respondents stating that the pistachio is their favourite nut.
Pistachios also topped the healthy nut league with 25 percent of those surveyed choosing the pistachio as one of the best for you. Eighty-one percent also correctly identified pistachios as being one of the highest in fibre, antioxidants and vitamins.
A 30g serving of pistachios, with 49 kernels, has 160 calories and offers more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytonutrients.
And, with only three to four calories each, Wonderful Pistachios also provide a great, guilt- free snack to battle hunger any time.
But, there is a further, little known reason for introducing Wonderful Pistachios into your diet. Pistachios are the only nut to contain significant amounts of lutein, an antioxidant associated with a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss for people over the age of 50 in the Western world.
Lutein is not naturally produced by the body. However, despite the role it plays in eye and heart health, most people are unfamiliar with the importance of lutein and the best way to incorporate it into their diet.
This observation was confirmed by our 50connect survey. Only 18 percent of respondents were aware that lutein helped to reduce the risk of developing AMD, and an alarming 81 percent didn’t know which foods contained this valuable antioxidant.
Lutein is a carotenoid, meaning a natural colorant or pigment. In addition to pistachios, lutein can also be found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and peas and various fruits including oranges, peaches and grapes.
For better eye health, ensure your diet is rich in foods containing lutein. In addition to dark green leafy vegetables and a variety of fruits, snacking on Wonderful Pistachios is an easy and tasty way to do just that.
100% natural and sun-ripened in the San Joaquin valley of California, Wonderful Pistachios are the largest pistachios available and are uniquely rotary roasted and perfectly seasoned for a delicious taste.
Wonderful Pistachios are available nationwide from Julian Graves.
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