Minerals and Vitamins: Pistachio nuts contain manganese, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and selenium. These minerals aid in bone formation, energy production, red blood cell utilization and blood sugar control. The nuts are also rich in B-complex vitamins that include folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin.
Lower Cholesterol: Pistachios are categorized as heart-healthy foods owing to their abundance in monounsaturated fatty acids. According to the Nurses’ Health Study, these fatty acids lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.
Eye Health: The nuts are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that prevent age-related eye disease such as cataracts. Additionally, pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin E, which slows down rancidity allowing you to buy roasted salted Turkish pistachios in bulk.
Weight Loss: The combination between low calories, high protein content and healthy fiber make pistachios a great weight loss snack. The nuts actually have one of the lowest calories with just 160 in an ounce.