Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Money Dosen't Grow on Trees But Put Pistachio Nuts Do...

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Did you know that pistachio nuts were considered a fruit? Who knew. Pistachio nuts are shell fruit, that open up when ripe (1-2 cm in size). The Pistachio Tree is found growing mainly in the middle east; Turkey and Iran. It's brown seed coat contain a large amount of anti-oxidants; these protect the large amounts of oils in the fruit from oxygen in the air and, prevents it from becoming rancid.
Nutritional, Health and Beauty Benefits:
As a beauty aid, chlorophyll and polyphenolas which give the pistachio it's green color, provide antioxidant protection for the skin; it's natural oils make the skin glow.
Pistachios rank high on the list of healthiest nuts. They are low in calories, and are full of healthy fats; with regular intake, they reduce blood level of low density lipoprotein (LDL). Other important nutrients are protein, fiber, vitamins, potassium, thiamin and minerals which aid in maintaining body functions, and improve overall health.
The fat content include Omega-3 or alpha linolenis acid, a vegetarian fatty acid which reduces risk of cardiac arrhythmia and other cardio vascular diseases. The body converts this fat to DHA and EPA which are powerful in preventing neurological disorders and cancer.
Omega-6 fatty acid, richly found in these nuts, protect against cancer, improves the bodies ability to heal and reduces diabetic complications. The amino acids regulate nitrous oxide production and improves relaxation of arterial smooth muscle, this improves blood flow. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in trace amounts and maintain healthy vision. Lutein, is found in the retina of the eye and zeaxanthin in the macula lutea. Sufficient intake lowers risk of cataract development and macular degeneration.
Uses: This pistachio nut is often used as seasoning in meat and sausage products, as flavoring in chocolate confectionery (candy), bakery products and ice cream, and are sold roasted, salted and unsalted in their shell for consumption as a snack or can be ground and sprinkled on yogurt as a topping. A bright green colored kernel is a sign of a freshly harvested nut (also known as green almonds), while a yellowish color indicates that it is old.
Halibut Fillets Recipe: Dredge fillets In whole wheat flour and egg wash (use egg whites only) Coat with finely chopped pistachio nuts, press into fillets to make them stick. Bake or broil - serve over rice with a side of steamed veggies (i.e.. broccoli)

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