Pecans are by far my favorite nut. I love them for their sweet buttery flavor and health benefits.
Health Benefits of Pecans:
1. Heart Healthy
Pecans contain monounsaturated fats along with antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease. Adding pecans to your diet can help decrease your LDL, ‘bad cholesterol’ and increase HDL ‘good cholesterol’. Keeping your cholesterol in a healthy range can prevent stroke and coronary artery disease.
2. Improves Digestion
Pecans are full of fiber which helps to support your gut health. Fiber aids in regular bowel movements which are so important to help prevent toxins from building up in your body.
3. Helps with Weight Loss
Eating nuts provides a feeling of fullness and pecans are a very rich source of B vitamins which help to increase the rate of metabolism.
4. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Pecans are rich in magnesium which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Increased magnesium intake reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the root cause of almost all disease.
6. Boosts Immunity
Pecans are a rich source of manganese which is a powerful antioxidant. This trace mineral protects your nerve cells from free-radical damage, thus boosting immune function.
7. Skin Benefits
Pecan nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin A, zinc, folate and phosphorus which play roles in maintaining a healthy complexion.
The antioxidants in pecans, ellagic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E, fight and eliminate free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for causing damage throughout the body, including skin damage.
Pecans are my go to snack. Sometimes I pair them with apple slices sprinkled with a little Ceylon cinnamon but my favorite snack is simply pecans and blueberries.
Add pecans to your diet and notice the enjoyment and benefits they can bring.
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