Saturday, March 24, 2018

New Study Proves Amazing Benefits of Eating Pecan

Article Written By: Bright Li


Image credit: Tesa Robbins

      From a recent study, published in the journal of Nutrients, eating 1.5 ounces of pecans every day can protect against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

      The study was based of a randomized controlled trial composed of 26 men and women over a four-week period. They ate either a controlled diet with no nuts, or one where pecan contributed to 15% of the total calories.

      Pecans have extremely high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, so substituting a portion of the saturated fat in the diet with these healthier fats has been proven to benefit cardio-protective effects.

      Ultimately, pecans improve insulin sensitivity as well as cardio metabolic markers.

      Quote from Dr. Diane McKay, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, “Pecans also contain a number of bioactive plant compounds as well as vitamins and essential minerals that all likely contributed to this benefit.”

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