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Health Benefits of Eating Pecans
2011: Pecans are Healthy
Makes Headlines Again
A new study on Pecans published in the January 2011 Journal
of Nutrition shows again that Pecans are a healthy food and
help prevent heart disease. Pecans contain antioxidant
factors that are absorbed in the body and provide a
protective effect against disease.
Nut Health Website
Nut Health Website - this website is developed and maintained by the The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation. It contains a wonderful collection of research on 9 different nuts including pecans along with some excellent recipes.
You can find it at www.nuthealth.org
Heart Healthy Handful
60% of fats in pecans are monounsaturated and another 30% are polyunsaturated, leaving very little saturated fat in pecans. In addition pecans contain no trans fat.
Nutrient Filled Nut
Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. They
include Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Calcium,
Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Several B Vitamins, and
Zinc. One ounce of pecans contains 10% of the recommended
Daily value for Fiber. Pecans are a natural, high quality
source of protein that cotain very few carbohydrates and no
cholesterol. Naturally pecans are sodium free.
Pecans are the Cream of the Crop among all nuts. Research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that pecans rank highest among all nuts and are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity, meaning pecans may decrease the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, and neurological disease, such as, Alzheimer's.
A Pecan Enriched Diet plays a role in lowering cholesterol. Clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition compared a 28% fat diet, recommended by the American Heart Association for individuals with the high cholesterol levels, to the pecan-enriched, 40% fat diet The results showed the pecan enriched diet lowered total cholesterol by 11.5% and the 28% fat diet lowered total cholesterol by 5.2%.
FDA Acknowledged Nut
The FDA approved the following 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."
A Fistful of pecans a day may help to protect the nervous
system, according to a new animal study published by Current
Topics in Nutraceutical Research. The research suggests that
adding pecans to your diet may delay the progression of
age-related motor neuron degeneration. Vitamin E, a natural
antioxidant found in pecans, may provide a key element
Antioxidants are nutrients found in foods that help protect
against cell damage, and studies have shown, can help fight
disease like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer, and heart
disease. The study was conducted at the Center of Cellular
Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
A Fistful of pecans a day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent coronary heart disease, according to research published in Nutrition Research. The research suggest that this positive effect was in part due to the pecans' significant content of Vitamin E. Pecans contain different forms of vitamin E, which protect blood lipids from oxidation. Oxidation of lipids is detrimental to health. Bad Cholesterol can result in build up and clogged arteries when it becomes oxidized.
Noble Foundation Report - Health Benefits of Pecans
These three heatlh studies were completed with Texas Pecan Board Contributions.
Antioxidant Properties of Pecan Kernels
Phytochemical Constituents and Antioxidant
Capacity of Different Pecan Cultivars
Electron-Beam Irradiation Effects on Phytochemical
Constituents and Antioxidant Capacity of Pecan Kernels During Storage