Pecan Nutrition

Pecan Nutrition

  • A 30-year study by Harvard University found that regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer, heart disease or any other health-related cause. Researchers found that the risk of dying from heart disease dropped 29% and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11% among those who had nuts seven or more times a week compared with people who never ate them.
  • Pecans are recognized as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association. Pecan nuts are a rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity.
  • Pecans are also a natural, high-quality source of protein with very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol.
  • People with gluten intolerance can enjoy naturally gluten-free pecans. Pecans and pecan meal can be used in recipes for gluten-free diets.
  • Pecans may help with weight control. When combined with a healthy diet, nuts may help increase metabolism and enhance satiety, making dieters feel full.
  • Studies suggest that a diet high in antioxidants from fruits, nut, and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

From the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Pecans



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