This Saturday, February 26, marks a BIG day for a little green nut – the pistachio. On this day the world celebrates World Pistachio Day, a time to reflect on the history and modern day health benefits of this wonderful nut.
Although pistachios are a relatively young crop in the United States–first planted in California in 1930–they have been enjoyed around the world for more than 9,000 years. In fact, legend has it that pistachios were a favorite delicacy of the Queen of Sheba and they were even referenced in the Bible.
What I love about in-shell pistachios is that they’re a supernut for your health. Not only are they heart friendly and those who eat nuts have healthier diets overall. In-shell pistachios may also help whittle your middle. New research shows that when snackers chose pistachios over pretzels they had a greater reduction body fat. The shell also makes its virtually impossible to eat mindlessly helping you curb your calorie intake.
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