Pecans are part of a heart-healthy diet. Numerous studies have confirmed that pecans are a healthy alternative to snack foods and good for your health.
Quick Nutrition Facts
Eating pecans is heart-healthy.
Eating pecans can lower your cholesterol
Eating pecans can lower your risk of heart disease.
Pecans are a good source of important nutrients Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
Pecans may reduce your susceptibility to certain types of cancer.
It's In the Oil!
Pecans contain a mono-unsaturated oil similar to olive oil. It is precisely this quality that makes the pecan so heart-healthy.
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Health Benefits of Pecans
Pecan kernels contain 65 to 70 percent oil. Approximately 73 percent of fresh pecan oil consists of monounsaturated (oleic) and 17 percent polyunsaturated (linoleic) fatty acids. Oleic is the same fatty acid found in olives. Olive oil has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
Pecans are a great source of antioxidants – similar to red wine.
A New Mexico State University study (1997) found that pecan consumption significantly lowered total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol in both high and low cholesterol subjects. Pecan consumption lowered “BAD” LDL-cholesterol by 10% in both high and low subjects at 4 weeks into the study. Pecan consumption had no effect on the “GOOD” HDL-cholesterollevels. The result was a higher HDL/LDL ratio that reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.
A pecan-rich diet also increases levels of dietary fiber, and essential nutrients such as thiamin, magnesium, copper and manganese (Texas A&M study).
Pecans add fiber to your diet and contain iron, calcium, vitamins A, B, and C, potassium and phosphorous.