Thomas Ramey Watson

Pistachios Are Good for Your Gut

A pistachio is like Jack Nicholson’s character Randle McMurphy in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”: a nut with a hard shell covering a center of genuine goodness.

An interesting study reveals the amount of healthful bacteria in the poop of people who ate pistachios compared to that of people who ate other nuts or none at all. Pistachios came out the winner for promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive tract. Almonds ranked No. 2 (no pun intended).

What’s so special about this little green seed? It’s packed with dietary fiber and nutrients such as B6, thiamin, manganese, and copper. Bacteria in our guts — necessary for a healthy digestive and immune system — dine happily on that mixture.
(By the way, eating a handful of walnuts 30 minutes before a meal can help you lose weight.)


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