Pecans and Health
The verdict is in! Numerous research studies have shown that eating pecans on a regular basis, in moderation, can have many positive influences on your health.
Eat pecans every day for better health!
Why are pecans so good for you?
•Pecans have the highest antioxidant content of any nut… read more
Antioxidants are phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrients that protect our cells from damage. Pecans rank highest among nuts in antioxidant content and, more importantly, are in the top category of all foods that contain the highest antioxidant capacity. Eating just a handful of pecans each day may slow or possibly prevent the development of cancer, may decrease the risk of neurological disease such as Alzheimer's and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and may help prevent coronary heart disease. See the list of pecan health studies for more detailed information.
•Pecans are heart healthy… read more
Several research studies have confirmed that eating pecans on a regular basis may help prevent coronary heart disease. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the following qualified health claim: "Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." Ninety percent of the fat in pecans is heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
•Pecans can help lower cholesterol… read more
Research has shown that a pecan-enriched diet can lower cholesterol, and specifically "bad" cholesterol, more than the American Heart Association's Step 1 Diet! The plant sterols in pecans are touted for their cholesterol-lowering ability. Pecans are cholesterol-free, sodium-free and fiber-rich. See the Loma Linda University pecan study published in The Journal of Nutrition for more information.
•Pecans are nutrient dense, high in fiber and high in protein… read more
Pecans are packed full of good nutrition and a serving of pecans (one ounce or about 20 halves) has as much fiber as a small apple. Pecans are also a good source of plant protein, heart healthy phytochemicals, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, thiamin, magnesium, zinc and numerous other vitamins and minerals. See complete composition under Pecan Nutrition Facts.
•Pecans may protect the mind from neurological disease… read more
A study published in 2010 suggests that eating pecans may help protect the nervous system and thereby may delay the progression of neurological diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). This was an animal study conducted at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Vitamin E, one of the natural antioxidants in pecans, has been shown to help fight diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and various cancers. Notice that a shelled pecan is shaped like a brain!
•Pecans may help with weight control… read more
Adding pecans to your diet does not necessarily mean weight gain! In fact, one review of nut research suggests that eating nuts may help with weight loss and maintenance. When combined with a healthy diet, nuts may help increase metabolism and enhance satiety. Weight loss regimens that include nuts such as pecans resulted in improved diet compliance and greater weight loss, according to research reviews.
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