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Pecans Have the Highest Antioxidant Levels

Pecans Have the Highest Antioxidant Levels

Pecans Have the Highest  Antioxidant LevelsPecans come from the hickory family of trees and are related to walnuts. Pecans originated in North America, but today they are being cultivated in regions around the world. In the 16th century they were known as the most valuable of nut species. Today, pecans are still one of the most loved of all nuts.

Pecan trees can grow over 100 ft tall and live for almost a thousand years! On just 1 acre, pecan trees can produce up to 1,000 lbs of pecans and the best part of all, pecans can be enjoyed year round.

Many studies suggest that adding pecans into our diets provide excellent health benefits including reducing your overall cholesterol health by lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol levels. Studies also suggest that these tasty nuts help protect the body from many cancers.

Pecans may reduce risk of stroke

Heart disease is becoming the leading cause of death in the U.S and stroke comes in at 3rd. According to the American Heart Association, those who have had any type of heart disease have more than twice the risk of having a stroke compared to those who have not.

Pecans are a rich dietary source of vitamin E, which provides us with many heart healthy benefits. Some studies suggest that foods that are rich in vitamin E might significantly reduce the risk of stroke.

A study followed 34, 492 postmenopausal women for several years, where their food and health choices were attentively monitored. Towards the end of the study, results showed that women who ate a vitamin E rich diet were less likely to die from stroke.

“We were pleased to learn about this research, knowing that it offers consumers additional assurance that pecans can and should be part of a healthful diet.” stated Russ Lemieux, executive director of the National Pecan Shellers Association (NPSA).

#1 in all antioxidant rich tree nuts

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found out that pecans actually contain the highest naturally occurring antioxidants of all the tree nuts. The study goes on to explain that the antioxidants that are found in pecans might actually prevent heart health and eating pecans on a regular basis may reduce total blood cholesterol and preserved “good” cholesterol.

Other benefits

On that note, those aren’t the only benefits pecans offer. Pecans are loaded with vitamins and minerals and contain many nutrients which are essential for overall good health. Pecans are an excellent energy source and contain high levels of beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. Pecans have been known to aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of gallstones, and promote healthy digestion.

SOURCE FOR THIS ARTICLE:

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/pecans-highest-antioxidant-value-of-all-tree-nuts/

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