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Pistachios and Keto Diet - Are They Keto-Friendly

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 24, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Are Pistachios Keto?

Nuts, which are high in carbs, primarily net carbs, should be avoided in Keto, as they can kick you out of ketosis. Some nuts may differ from others and have high fats and low carb content. But most of them are high in carbs, and so does pistachios.

Pistachios are high in net carbs, containing 16.57g per 100 g. Besides, they fall in the range of the top 28% of foods as a source of overall carbs.

Even though pistachios have a good amount of fats, they still are high in net carbs, so in summary, the number of net carbs makes pistachios unsuitable for a Keto Diet [1].

One serving size of raw pistachios (28.35 grams) provides:

Calories: 158

Protein: 5.70 grams

Fat: 13 grams

Total carbs: 7.7 grams, all are net carbs

Net Carbs

A standard Keto Diet recommends a net carb consumption limit of 20g-30g per day (for 2000 calorie diet).

Pistachios have 5g of net carbs per serving, so too much consumption can kick you out of Ketosis.


Pistachios are not Ket-friendly due to their net carbs content. As an alternative, try a handful of macadamia or pecan nuts, which suit better keto recommendations.


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 24, 2022
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