Pistachio Nuts Nutrition: Pistachios – The Low Fat Low Calorie Nut. www.karenrothnutrition.com Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Karen Roth, MS, NC talks about the health benefits of pistachios. Pistachios have been called the Skinny Nut,” because they are one of the lowest calorie, AND lowest fat nuts; Full of fiber and protein, pistachios help you feel fuller longer. A serving size is ½ cup with shells on, or ¼ cup if shelled. One serving of pistachios has 3 grams of fiber. That’s more than most other snack nuts and more than many types of whole fruit. Pistachios have more potassium than any other nut. Did you know a serving of pistachios has more potassium than half of a large banana? Per serving, pistachios have more antioxidants than green tea. Pistachios are a “hearty” snack offering more cholesterol fighting phytosterols than any other nut. The green color in pistachios comes from a compound called lutein which helps to prevent the most common form of blindness in older adults. Pistachios offer more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Pistachio nuts have also been shown to improve cardiovascular health. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pistachios may lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Pistachios go really good in salads and you can toss them in your yogurt or oatmeal.