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Pistachios of Aegina Island: Why are they considered superfoods?

Pistachios of Aegina Island: Why are they considered superfoods?

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Pistachio is a deciduous tree - its height reaches 10 m of the Prycia and the Ancardioid family. Originally from Iran, it is cultivated in many regions, from Asia and the Mediterranean countries to America. The first pistachios came to Aegina - and later to Megara - at the end of the 19th century. Fresh Greek pistachios, since 1994, is a PDO product. (Protected Designation of Origin) to protect against unfair competition. Greece is the first country in Europe to produce pistachios and the sixth in the world.

Pistachios of Aegina Island: Why are they considered superfoods?

Pistachio tree is a deciduous tree, whose height can reach up to 10 meters, of the Pistacia genus and the cashew (Anacardiaceae) family.  It originates from Iran and today is cultivated in several regions, from Asia and the Mediterranean countries to America. The first pistachio trees arrived in Aegina-and afterwards in the region of Megara- at the end of the 19th century. The exclusive right to identify the pistachio as "Aegina pistachio" was secured by the E.U. regulation of 1263/96, protecting the local pistachio from those of other regions. Greece holds first place in pistachio production in Europe and sixth place worldwide.

Pistachios of Aegina Island: Why are they considered superfoods?

They are rich in nutrients, beneficial to the heart, cholesterol, eyes and diet. What are you waiting? Make them part of your daily diet now!

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Pistachio tree is a deciduous tree, whose height can reach up to 10 meters, of the Pistacia genus and the cashew (Anacardiaceae) family.  It originates from Iran and today is cultivated in several regions, from Asia and the Mediterranean countries to America. The first pistachio trees arrived in Aegina-and afterwards in the region of Megara- at the end of the 19th century. The exclusive right to identify the pistachio as "Aegina pistachio" was secured by the E.U. regulation of 1263/96, protecting the local pistachio from those of other regions. Greece holds first place in pistachio production in Europe and sixth place worldwide.

The power of just a handful:

  • Five to six pistachios a day are a very rich source of energy while they cover a great amount of your daily needs in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, fiber, vitamins- especially of the B complex-, minerals and beneficial anti-oxidant substances.
  • Moreover, their high concentration of plant sterols contributes in lowering your cholesterol.
  • They also contain anti-oxidants, which protect you from aging as well as cardiovascular diseases.
  • The ultimate star in the Pistachio show is undoubtedly vitamin B6, which lowers the levels of homocysteine, a substance related to arteriosclerosis.
  • There are only 170 calories in 30g of pistachios.
  • They contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which drastically support eye health.

Pistachios can help you lose weight:

According to research, they magically contribute in appetite loss, without augmenting blood sugar levels. Furthermore, they contain only beneficial mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which help reduce stomach fat. Finally, they are a great source of protein.

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