July 25, 2011

Pecans




Pecans


Pecans contain the highest amount of antioxidant nutrients of any nut,  making them highly protective against aging and disease.
Pecans don’t get the attention they deserve; studies have shown that a handful a day can help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol. The amount of calories in pecans, and nuts in general often leads to assumptions about weight gain, but it’s important to remember that this high energy comes from the abundance of healthy fatty acids they contain. These fatty acids actually help raise metabolism and stop us craving the sugary foods that pile on the pounds and contribute to aging conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. People who eat more than two portions of nuts a week are less prone to put on weight than those who avoid these nutrient-rich foods.
·         High levels of omega-9 fatty acids (oleic acid) keep your skin clear and smooth.
·         Good levels of balanced and high-quality protein ensure the necessary repairs are made to the body to hold back aging.
·         Phytosterols work with high levels of antioxidants to discourage sensitivities and intolerances.


Watts, Charlotte. Foods to Stay Young. Bath: Parragon Books Ltd, 2010. Print.

Tip:

Pecans can be eaten on their own or can be used in baking, to make cakes, cookies, pies or muffins. Also can be used as salad ingredient.

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