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April is National Pecan Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing some interesting facts about pecans!
According to the Mayo Clinic, eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be heart-friendly. Containing unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, nuts are a great snack food – inexpensive, easy to store, and easy to pack when you’re on the go. As pecans are loaded with antioxidants that fight of diseases and nutrients that can lower cholesterol, it serves as a great and healthy food option. Other health benefits of pecans include:
#1 – Pecans are rich in antioxidants, specifically Vitamin E. In fact, pecans contain different forms of vitamin E, which has been found to prevent cell damage as well as lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 33 percent.
#2 – Pecans may help with weight control. This is according to a published review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003).
#3 – Pecans are heart healthy. Roughly 60 percent of the fat found in pecans is monounsaturated, and the remaining 30 percent is polyunsaturated, leaving very little saturated fat.
#4 – Pecans are filled with nutrients. Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. In fact, just one ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily value for fiber!
#NationalPecanDay is a food holiday initiated by the National Pecan Shellers Association in 1996 and celebrated each year on April 14. April is also National Pecan Month!
The National Pecan Shellers Association (NPSA) is a non-profit trade association committed to educating culinary and health professionals, food technologists and the general public about the nutritional benefits, variety of uses and all around great taste of pecans.
Stay tuned for our upcoming posts about diverticulitis and the health benefits of fiber!
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