Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pecan Health Benefits

The display during the Peter Anderson Festival which was held in Ocean Springs, Mississippi also includes food and delicacies. I love any kinds of nuts and this display will not go unnoticed with my sight.
Pecan is native to Southern Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. It is also found at the east to western Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and western Tennessee. Likewise, in south through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida. Pecan pie and pecan coated with chocolates are just one of my favorite snacks to gobble on. The word Pecan is from an Algonquian word that means a nut requiring a stone to crack.
Pecan is a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. It is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and a diet rich in nuts can lower the risk of gallstones in women. The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. According to a Clinical research, eating about a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels. A research conducted at the University of Georgia confirmed that pecans contain plant sterols, which are known for their cholesterol-lowering ability. Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."

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