All you health conscious folks forget the supplements if you wish to remain fit and fine. If taking supplements reminds you of taking medicines then just read on, as this might be just for you! We all have been at one point or the other nuts about nuts – be it almonds, walnuts or everybody’s favourite groundnuts. However, there is another healthy nut that is slowly and steadily gaining popularity outside its native place and that is Pecan nut.
Pecans are rich flavoured nuts known to American aborigines since centuries ago. They are not only nutritious, but are deliciously buttery in taste packed with numerous important vitamins and minerals required for a good health. Pecans can be described as the best kept secret of the nut family, which has escaped from the bag! Well! Pecans is the richest source of essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins, which essentially means that it may help in reducing the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. Pecans when compared with other nuts emerge as a sure short winner in the category of ‘top nut for antioxidant’. (See the chart below).
Talking about its health benefits, National Pecan Shellers Association in America claims that pecans are high in healthy unsaturated fat and if you consume just a handful of them in a day you can reduce your bad cholesterol. Since they are rich in 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamins A,B, and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, that just one ounce (28.349gms) of pecans provides 10 percent of daily recommended fibre. Oh and if you want to retain your youthfulness then you would definitely like to add pecan in your diet, as the nut is also rich in age-defying antioxidants.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s research, pecans are the richest source of antioxidants and rank among the top 15 food with the highest levels of antioxidants. Well! Considering this information, Karen Borisar in her blog on Pecans said, “I’m thinking a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with blueberries and pecans may as well be the breakfast version of the fountain of youth!” So then what are you waiting for? Just rush to that special grocery stores near you and buy a packet or two of pecans for a healthy and a fitter you.
Oh by the way before you all go, here are some interesting healthy facts about pecan that I think will interest you as well!
- Pecans have the highest antioxidant content of any nut.
- Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Colic acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, several B Vitamins and Zinc.
- Pecans are cholesterol free and naturally sodium free.
- Just one ounce (28.34gms) of pecans has more zinc- an important nutrient for proper growth and strong immunity. – than any other good source of zinc.
- Pecans can be frozen and refrozen for at least two years without loss of flavor or texture.
For more such interesting facts on Pecan and more information on the nut, just google!
P.S. It is a sponsored post by US Pecans!