Are Pistachios Paleo?


Who doesn’t love a heaping handful of pistachios? Good, because those babies are Paleo-friendly and packed with nutrients.

Portion Control

Like most nuts, pistachios are high in fat, but also fairly high in carbohydrates. For that reason (and because most of the fat is unsaturated) nuts should be limited. Pistachios are perfect for this, because they usually come unshelled. That means you have to take the time to shell them yourself while eating them, which helps prevent overeating.

The Nutrient Content of Pistachios

Pistachios are loaded with B vitamins, particularly B1 (Thiamine) and B6. They also have a healthy helping of manganese and phosphorous, with iron and calcium making respectable showings as well.

Pistachios contain a fair amount of fiber and polyphenols, both of which are necessary for maintaining a healthy gut biome. As a result, eating pistachios is one of the best things you can do for your stomach. Just remember that you can have too much of a good thing.

Mark Sisson has a whole post on foods you can eat to improve your gut bacteria (including pistachios).