Pecans - A Healthy Fall Food
Pecans are a healthy food addition this fall for many reasons. They are packed with nutrition and, contrary to popular belief, lower bad cholesterol and may actually lower body fat!
A study conducted at The Mayo Clinic found that all nuts are naturally cholesterol free and loaded with nutrition. They were found to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, thereby lowering risk for coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
Pecans are high in protein and one serving equals the complete protein found in one ounce of meat. This makes them an excellent choice for vegetarians and those looking to reduce body fat. To support this, several population studies show that as nut consumption increases, body fat actually decreases.
Pecans are also rich in oleic acid, the same healthy fat found in olive oil. Research has shown that oleic acid has the ability to suppress a gene in cells that are thought to be responsible in breast cancer. At the same time, studies have also found that pecans contain gamma-tocopherol, a type of Vitamin E which has the ability to kill prostate cancer cells.
And last, but certainly not least, pecans along with walnuts and hazelnuts have been found to contain the highest levels of antioxidants of all nuts tested.