Updated: Jan 29
Pistachios are nuts with a high nutritional value which an average human being without allergies could benefit from eating, but is pistachio nut safe to eat during pregnancy?
Pistachio nuts are safe for pregnant women to eat. They contain healthy fats and can be used as a healthy alternative to junks as you can take them wherever you are going and pop them in your mouth in between meals. They are also great additions to your breakfast cereals, salads, smoothies and any food you wish to add them. Generally, nuts are delightful to throw into the mouth and crack open. They also supply the body with essential nutrients which are important for pregnant women.
Nutritional value of nuts.
Pistachio nuts contain nutrients such as protein, fiber, omega 3 fatty acid, calcium, folate, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, A, E, K, folate, phosphorus, niacin, copper and magnesium. It also contains pantothenic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid and amino acids such as leucine, isoleucine and arginine.
You may not be familiar with all the names, but they are essential in the proper growth and development of your child. One ounce of pistachio nut supplies the body with 0.01 pounds of protein, 0.006 pounds of fiber, 0.02 pounds of healthy fat, 0.003 pounds of unhealthy fat. It also contains 160 calories.
Benefits of eating pistachios while pregnant
Pistachio nuts contribute to the proper development of the tissues and muscles of the fetus.
It promotes the cognitive development of your baby.
It helps in maintaining lipid levels during pregnancy by lowering the bad cholesterol and increasing the production of food cholesterol.
It also helps in boosting your immunity by protecting you from free radicals which exposes you to sicknesses such as cold and flu.
It prevents anemia which is caused by iron deficiency.
It helps to prevent constipation.
Risks associated with pistachio nuts during pregnancy.
Your baby can be exposed to the risk of getting asthma if you eat pistachio nuts during pregnancy when you have nut allergies or your family has a history of strong nut allergies. Symptoms of allergies include breathing difficulty, itching skin, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Pregnant women with these issues will have to avoid eating nuts during pregnancy.
With a whopping number of calories found in an ounce of pistachio nut, you might want to avoid consuming too much to prevent adding unhealthy fats to your diet as it could result in unnecessary weight gain.
Roasted pistachio especially those bought commercially should be avoided by pregnant women because of the added salt. It may expose you to the risk of high blood pressure.
How to include pistachio in your diet
You can sprinkle them on your cereals, yogurt and oatmeal for an added flavor and nutritious boost.
You can also use them as a dipping sauce and use to eat chicken breasts.
It can also be eaten plain as a snack to keep your cravings away.