The Food and Drug Administration defines a “complete” protein as a food that contains adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and while the body can naturally produce 11 of them, there are nine essential amino acids the body cannot produce and must obtain from food.
The protein quality of pistachios was assessed for the first time at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The study determined roasted pistachios contain all of the 9 essential amino acids necessary for supporting growth and maintaining health for those 5 years and older, therefore, they are a “Complete Protein.”
Ric speaks with renowned nutrition consultant and author Dr. Mike Rousselland find out about the new study that shows that pistachios are a complete protein. Dr. Mike will also share with viewers why pistachios are the complete protein they need, especially while sheltering in place. He can also discuss the health and fitness benefits of pistachios.
Pistachios join the ranks of a small number of plant proteins such as quinoa, chickpeas, and soybeans that have become popular among vegetarians and consumers who wish to move away from animal proteins. But pistachios are the only plant-based protein that is a complete protein.
Complete Protein Benefits of Eating Pistachios:
-They provide a convenient complete protein snack that portable and doesn’t require cooking.
-No need to combine two or more incomplete sources of protein. Now simply eat pistachios.
-They provide a meat alternative for vegans and vegetarians.
-They are a good cholesterol-free source of fiber, antioxidants, lutein, potassium, healthy fats and B-vitamins.
Dr. Mike Roussell is known for transforming complex nutritional concepts into practical nutritional habits that his clients can use to ensure permanent weight loss and long-lasting health. Dr. Roussell holds a degree in biochemistry from Hobart College and a doctorate in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University. His academic background, coupled with a broad range of experience from consulting with pharmaceutical and food companies, top-rated fitness facilities, professional athletes and individual clients, gives him the unique ability to translate scientific findings into relevant, understandable and actionable strategies that get results. He serves on the advisory board of and writes the monthly “Ask the Nutrition Know-It-All” column for Men’s Health Magazine. In addition, having published over 300 articles on health and nutrition, Dr. Roussell has authored and/or served as the consulting nutritionist for 9 books about health, nutrition and weight loss. For more info, visit: