The search for healthy and sustainable alternatives to the most common sources of protein (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products) has a new ally in pistachios. Especially if you have decided to give a vegetable twist to your diet or if you have already opted for a vegetarian or even vegan diet.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a protein is made up of 20 different amino acids, nine of which are considered “essential”. This means that the body cannot produce them and they must be obtained through food.
In this sense, a complete protein contains all the essential amino acids in the right amounts. According to the latest studies, roasted pistachios now fall into this category and are part of that small group of plant proteins that also includes quinoa, chickpeas and soya.
Pistachios have almost all the essential amino acids that we need, so that our muscle recovers and repairs, and they are also a source of antioxidants.
For people who lead an active life and for those who practice sports, pistachio can be the ideal snack, since, in addition to containing a complete protein, it is easy to transport and does not need to be cooked. Someone who follows a complete vegetable-based diet could cover all their protein needs with pistachios, but it is advisable to include a wide variety of different protein foods in the diet and add many other grains to the consumption of pistachios.