Benefits Of Pistachios During Pregnancy

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    A few pistachio nuts can immediately add flavor to baked foods, soups, or salads. These crunchy and tasty nuts are packed with various nutrients. Therefore, pistachios during pregnancy are considered extremely healthy. However, everything you eat should be moderate to maintain your pregnancy health. Also, it is wise to be mindful of when and how to eat these delicious nuts for safety. Read this post as we share about eating pistachios during pregnancy and what benefits you and your baby can derive from them.

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    Is It Safe To Eat Pistachios During Pregnancy?

    Pistachios help in the growth of the fetus
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    Yes, it is safe to include pistachios during pregnancy (1). They are power-packed with protein, fiber, potassium, folate, calcium, and iron, all of which are important for the growth and development of the fetus.

    What Are The Benefits Of Pistachios During Pregnancy?

    The nutrients present in pistachios are beneficial during pregnancy and aid in the healthy development of the baby. They possess several benefits that aid prenatal nutrition, such as:

    1. Aids fetal development

    Pista during pregnancy helps develop your unborn baby’s tissues and muscles
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    Pistachios contain a good amount of protein that is essential for the development of your unborn baby’s tissues and muscles (2). It also keeps your weight under check (3) by regulating blood sugar levels thus minimizing the risk for gestational diabetes.

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    Pistachios, which contain about 6g of protein per ounce, are a good source of protein, particularly for vegans and vegetarians (14).

    2. Balances lipid levels

    The high concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids in pistachios lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol levels, therefore, balancing lipidsiXCompounds made of fat or oil that help to store energy, aid digestion, regulate hormones, and absorb vitamins. (4).

    3. Boosts immunity levels

    Pistachios are rich in antioxidants including caroteneiXNatural dyes in plants get converted into Vitamin A upon ingestion by humans. , polyphenolic substancesiXNaturally occurring antioxidant compounds found in food items such as fruits, vegetables, coffee, and tea. , and vitamin A and E that help boost immunity (5).

    4. Prevents anemia

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 36.5% of pregnant women were affected globally by anemia in 2019. Pistachios are rich in iron and other essential minerals, which help form red blood cells, making them an excellent dietary addition to combat anemia (6). Hence, including these nuts in your diet will help prevent anemia, especially during pregnancy when your body needs more than the normal blood cells.

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    Pregnant women require 27mg of iron daily. However, those following a vegetarian diet may need double the amount (6).

    5. Treats constipation

    Being rich in fiber, pistachios aid easy digestion and regulate bowel movements. They can also provide relief from constipation which can develop due to hormonal changes in early pregnancy (7).

    6. Anti-inflammatory nature

    Pistachios help relieve joint pains and swelling during pregnancy
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    Pistachios are anti-inflammatory in nature and help in fighting joint pains and swelling that are common during pregnancy (8).

    7. Good for fetal brain development

    Pistachios contain good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acids. These healthy fats are essential for the brain development of the baby (9).

    Keep reading for the complete nutritional profile of pistachios.

    Nutritional Value Of Pistachios

    Nutrients present in 100 grams of raw pistachios are as follows (10):

    Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.870mg
    Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.160mg
    Niacin (Vitamin B3)1.300mg
    Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)1.700mg
    Folic acid (Vitamin B9)51mcg
    Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)5.6mg
    Retinol (Vitamin A)516IU
    Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E)2.86mg
    Total saturated fatty acids5.907g
    Total monounsaturated fatty acids23.257g
    Total polyunsaturated fatty acids14.380g

    g=grams; mg=milligrams; IU=International Units

    While pistachios are nutritious, their benefits are greater only when you consume them in the right quantity and stick to plain, unsalted pistachio nuts in their shells.

    How Many Pistachios Can You Eat Per Day?

    You may have up to ½ an ounce or approximately 24 pistachios per day (1). You should not eat more than the suggested quantity as it could lead to excess essential oils in the body that could be harmful to the brain (11).

    What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Eating Pistachios During Pregnancy?

    Pistachios may cause problems such as bloating and abdominal pain
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    Some things you should keep in mind while including pistachios are:

    • They have fructansiXA naturally occurring carbohydrate found in many vegetables, fruits, and legumes. that will cause digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence (12).
    • Pistachios may also cause a food intolerance and nut allergy, especially if there is a history of food allergies in the family.
    • Roasted nuts coated in salt can have high sodium content that may elevate blood pressure (13). So it is best to choose the plain, unsalted variety to reduce the risk for pre-eclampsia.

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    High blood pressure may lead to preterm birth, low birth weight, and fetal growth restriction (15).

    A few precautions while including pistachios in your diet can be a good idea.

    How To Include Pistachios In Your Diet?

    Toss some pistachios into a fruit bowl, and eat them fresh
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    Here are a few interesting ways in which you can incorporate pistachio nuts into your diet:

    • Toss some pistachios to the fruit bowl, and consume it fresh.
    • Make a rough powder of them, and use as a dip to chicken before frying or grilling.
    • Mix in a milkshake along with almonds, cardamom, and saffron for a super-filling beverage.

    Pista Recipes For Pregnant Women

    Here are some delectable and healthy pista recipes expecting women can consume throughout pregnancy. These recipes will help you consume pista during pregnancy in different ways.

    1. Pista and avocado toast

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    You will need:

    • 2 slices whole-grain bread
    • ½ avocado (thinly sliced)
    • 1tbsp pistachios (finely chopped)
    • Olive oil, for drizzling

    How to make:

    1. Toast the bread and set aside on a plate.
    2. Spread sliced avocado on each slice and sprinkle pistachios on top.
    3. Drizzle some olive oil and enjoy!

    2. Pistachio frozen yogurt

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    You will need:

    • 2 bananas (mashed)
    • 1 cup unsweetened frozen yogurt
    • ½ cup pistachios (thinly sliced)
    • ½ cup dates puree
    • 1tsp vanilla bean paste

    How to make:

    1. Put frozen yogurt, mashed bananas, dates puree, and vanilla bean paste into a bowl. Whisk the ingredients to make a smooth fluid.
    2. Add some crushed pistachios to the mixture and whisk rhythmically to keep the mixture airy.
    3. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle the remaining crushed pistachios on top.
    4. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap to prevent icicles.
    5. Freeze for three to four hours. Once the yogurt is set, scoop and enjoy.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to eat pistachios during pregnancy?

    During pregnancy, it’s important to eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods. Pistachios are a healthy snacking option that can be enjoyed during pregnancy, but the timing of when you eat them may depend on your personal preferences and schedule. However, you may start eating pistachios right from the first trimester as these nuts can help manage nausea and vomiting and promote the healthy development of the baby’s brain and nervous system (16).

    2. Does pistachio cause weight gain in pregnancy?

    No. Studies show no association between weight gain and pistachio consumption if eaten as a part of a well-balanced diet. In fact, eating pistachio has been found to help with weight management and may even promote weight loss in obese individuals (17) (18).

    3. Which is healthier during pregnancy: almonds or pistachios?

    Pistachios and almonds are both nutritious and healthy to eat during pregnancy.

    Consuming energy-rich nuts such as pista in pregnancy could be beneficial for you and your unborn baby. They contain several micronutrients and proteins that are great for your developing fetus. Moreover, it could help prevent anemia, boost immunity, and promote fetal brain development. You may include pistachios in your salad, milkshake or have them in fresh, raw forms. It is ideal to consume unsalted pistachios in the recommended amounts to stay safe and avoid the risk of side effects such as flatulence, constipation, and increased blood pressure during pregnancy.

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    Fuel your pregnancy with the nutritious power of pistachios! These tasty nuts are a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals to support your and your growing baby’s health. Plus, their satisfying crunch and versatility make them a perfect snack for pregnant women. Read more about the benefits of pistachios through the following infographic.

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    Key Pointers

    • The consumption of plain, unsalted pistachios during pregnancy is considered safe.
    • Pistachios are packed with essential nutrients such as protein, fiber, potassium, folate, calcium, and iron, which contribute to fetal growth and development.
    • Pistachios aid in regulating blood sugar levels, balancing lipid levels, boosting immunity, and preventing anemia in pregnant women.
    • Consuming pistachios has added benefits including anti-inflammatory properties, relief from joint pains, and positive impact on fetal brain development.
    • Overconsumption of pistachios while pregnant may result in bloating and abdominal discomfort.


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