The Health Benefits of Pecans

Today I want to share with you the health benefits of pecans.  During the autumn months my mom spends time in the evenings relaxing after work shelling pecans. IMG_20140428_112411_345 I’ve asked her before why she doesn’t buy them already shelled and she said she doesn’t mind.  It’s almost like it’s relaxing for her.  My mom and her ways.  🙂

Thanks to the websites www.nutrition-and-you.com and healthyeating.sfgate.com for the information provided below.  As always it is always much appreciated.

Now for the health benefits of pecans:

1.  Pecans are a rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including the polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin.  Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help the body remove toxic oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, and infections.

2.  Pecans are also rich in manganese, which helps the body function properly.

3.  Pecans are a good source of potassium, which help your muscles contract, maintain fluid balance and helps keep blood pressure normal.

4.  Pecans contain calcium and magnesium, which are both important for bone health.

5.  Pecans contain iron, which helps keep your blood healthy and helps carry oxygen through the blood.  

6.  Pecans contain zinc and selenium.  Zinc keeps the immune system healthy.  Zinc has also been shown to help fight cancer cells.  

7.  Pecans are a good source of fiber.   After eating fiber, you will feel full for longer.  This aids weight loss efforts because you end up eating less. Because pecans are high in good fat and have fiber they make a good snack option in a weight loss program.

As you can see there are many benefits in eating walnuts.  I would encourage you to make them a part of your life.  Make up some homemade trail mix and add walnuts into the mix.  Your health will appreciate it.

Here are a couple recipes containing pecans.  Give them a try. 🙂

Spinach Salad with Peaches and Pecans

Bourbon Pecan Chicken

 

 

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