Research conducted over the past decade has shown that pecans can be a healthy addition to anyone’s diet. Clinical studies show pecans may help prevent heart disease and gallstones, aid in weight loss and support prostate health. Pecans are also loaded with antioxidants and more than 19 vitamins and minerals.
The National Pecan Shellers Association wants healthcare professionals and educators to be aware of the health benefits associated with eating a pecan-rich diet, so that they may pass this information on to their patients and/or clients.
Pecans contain fat, so why should they be included in a healthy diet?
Are pecans a good source of protein?
What about natural antioxidants?
Can I eat pecans if I’m trying to improve my cholesterol?
I usually think of pecans as “holiday” food. Are they available year round?
- Instead of chips, which are loaded with sodium, bring about 20 pecan halves to work to snack on throughout the day. Pecans are naturally sodium-free.
- Substitute pecans for a candy bar when you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up. Research has shown people who eat pecans feel fuller longer. Pecans provide that long-lasting energy because they contain heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. Plus, a handful of pecan halves contain the same amount of fiber as a medium-sized apple.
- Sprinkle pecans on top of your yogurt and you’ll get more zinc and vitamin E – important nutrients for proper growth and strong immunity.