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Pistachios: Good for the Gut

Thursday, 14 June 2012 08:08 AM

What do you call a nut with a hard shell covering a center of genuine goodness? McMurphy (Jack Nicholson's character in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest")? No, a pistachio!

An interesting study looked at the amount of healthful bacteria in the poop of pistachio-eaters compared with those who ate other nuts, or none at all. Turns out that pistachios came out the winner for promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive tract; almonds ranked No. 2 (no pun intended).

What is it about this funny, little green seed? Seems it's packed with dietary fiber and nutrients such as B-6, thiamin, manganese, and copper. Bacteria in our guts, which we need for healthy digestive and immune systems, dine happily on that mixture.

And gut bacteria are a hungry lot: Between 500 and 1,000 species of bacteria live in our intestines (the total count of bacteria inside you is in the trillions). This community can make up three to five pounds of your body weight. And they are about 60 percent of the solid matter in your feces. That's why you need to constantly replenish and nurture your intestinal flora — such a pretty-sounding word for the bacteria that live inside us!

So, have a handful of pistachios (1 ounce equals 160 calories) in place of a nutrient-empty snack like chips or soda, and you'll crack the secret to better digestive health. And did we mention a handful of walnuts eaten 30 minutes before a meal can help you lose weight?

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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