Experts in survival techniques consider pistachios one of the perfect foods to survive in extreme situations
If you are already a fan of pistachios and you always have them at home or in your backpack, now you have one more reason to always have them in the pantry, since they are one of the most nutritious and interesting foods to survive in extreme situations.
Pistachio is one of the key nutrients to survive in the event of a major blackout such as the one expected in different European countries or in minimum situations. Its excellent nutritional picture makes it one of the essentials along with other products such as dehydrated fruit, water, bleach or cat litter.
Experts in survival techniques agree that nuts and, especially, pistachios, are the essential food in minimal situations. Well, in these circumstances food is required to provide us with energy and in no case, remove the water from the body. For this reason, nuts and dehydrated fruit require minimal water consumption to be able to digest them.
Pistachio Complete Protein
It is very important to note that Pistachio is the only dried fruit that provides complete protein of plant origin. According to the results of the study carried out by the Department of Animal Sciences of the University of Illinois (United States), a single pistachio contains all nine essential amino acids, so it can be considered a complete protein; And not only that, but it also stands out for its quality.
Furthermore, research indicates that pistachio protein, both raw and roasted, is of better quality than other vegetable proteins such as cereals, seeds and most legumes such as beans and beans. peas.
As much protein as an egg
Would you eat a raw egg? If not, keep in mind that 49 pistachios provide as much protein as one egg and more than 10% of the daily protein.
They also provide the nine essential amino acids and phytonutrients important to support immune function, with a significant presence of arginine, leucine and, to a lesser extent, tryptophan and methionine. Arginine allows you to lose fat and increase muscle mass; and is characterized by strengthening the immune system, by its stimulating and vasodilator effect, as well as by improving the supply
of nutrients to muscle cells and performance. While leucine is the essential amino acid to synthesize proteins.
The only one you can eat raw
Another advantage of pistachio in extreme situations is that it is the only food with complete vegetable protein that can be eaten raw. It does not require cooking, it has a great flavor, healthy fats and it is also a source of fiber.
Thus, a daily serving of 49 pistachios provides more than 10% daily fiber and has prebiotic properties that help increase beneficial probiotic bacteria. Prebiotics are fibers that protect the body from infection and regulate the immune system of the mucosa in the digestive tract.
Studies also show that people who eat a handful of nuts have a 30% lower chance of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and cancer.
The recommended daily serving of pistachios is 28 grams, which is equivalent to about 49 units; and it is an excellent source of energy, especially copper, necessary for the production of antibodies and phagocytic activity, essential to maintain the normal function of the immune system.
Pistachios are a good source of vitamin B6 and B1 . Vitamin B deficiency impairs the production of antibodies and the ability of immune cells to fight infection; as well as a natural source of gamma-tocopherol, one of the main forms of vitamin E , a powerful antioxidant that traps and neutralizes harmful free radicals, limiting inflammation and tissue damage associated with immune responses for faster recovery; while reducing airway inflammation.
In addition, they provide minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium, zinc, selenium and iron, among others); phytonutrients (polyphenols and carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin); and, phytosterols,
BY YOLANDA VÁZQUEZ MAZARIEGO WITH INFORMATION FROM AMERICAN PISTACHIOS GROWERS