Bursting with beneficial antioxidants, pecans were the sole nut cited in the list of "Top 20 Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts" that were named as the Best Sources of Food Antioxidants, by a 2004 USDA study. The study reportedly is the largest, most comprehensive and most complete analysis of the antioxidant content of commonly consumed foods conducted to date.
In addition, this marked the first data on nuts, as well as spices, compiled by USDA researchers. While findings determined the antioxidant capacity of the foods, further research is needed to better understand how the body absorbs and utilizes these compounds to combat cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's, officials noted.
Research released by Loma Linda University in 2006 revealed how adding a mere handful of pecans to a healthy diet could help control "bad cholesterol" that can build up and lead to clogged arteries.
Those findings are "consistent with the Food and Drug Administration's qualified health claim that states, 'Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.'"
"Pecans are a natural way to get more protein, fiber, healthy fats and vitamin E into your diet and if you control the portion size, they can help satisfy hunger and manage weight. Adding a handful of pecans into your meal plans is a great way to add taste, texture and good nutrition to dishes from sweet to savory," suggests Zelman.
According to the Georgia Pecan Commission, Georgia historically
produces more pecans than any other state in the nation. With the peak of
the fall harvest in November, it is no wonder that the state's governors
have traditionally proclaimed this month as "Georgia Pecan Month." The
pecan harvest -- from mid-October into December -- will yield, on average,
88 million pounds of the sweet-tasting nut. The 2007 har
|SOURCE Georgia Pecan Commission|
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