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Pecans were shown
                                                         to significantly improve insulin
                                                          sensitivity, helping to reduce the
                                                         risk of developing type 2 diabetes
                                                                     in adults.

                HEART HEALTH
                   According to the USDA, pecans
                rank among the top 15 foods high in   ed daily value.  Fiber promotes colon   and minerals boast a wide variety of
                antioxidants.  Antioxidants help protect   health and helps prevent constipation.    benefits including healthy skin and hair,
                against heart disease, cancer and other   The high fiber content and high protein   immunity booster and they help guard
                diseases.  Pecans have been certified as  value also help keep you satiated which   against inflammation in the body.
                a heart healthy food by the American   is conducive to weight loss.  According   With many forms- halves, bits, meal
                Heart Association in part because   to a study at Tufts University in conjunc-  and oil- it is easy to add pecans to your
                they help lower the levels of LDL- bad   tion with the National Pecan Shellers   diet.  Their buttery flavor and crunchy
                cholesterol- and help raise the level   Association, pecans were shown to   texture make them a welcome addition
                of HDL- good cholesterol.  They are a   significantly improve insulin sensitivity,   to everything from smoothies at break-
                good source of monounsaturated fat   helping to reduce the risk of developing   fast to salads and main dishes at lunch
                which helps reduce cholesterol, blood   type 2 diabetes in adults.  Pecans are   or dinner.  Its natural sweetness lends
                pressure and other heart disease risk   also free of gluten, sodium and choles-  itself well to desserts of all kinds, while
                factors.  Thirty grams of pecans have   terol, making them a great addition to   the meaty texture makes it a versatile
                25 percent more oleic acid, an unsatu-  many restricted diets.    addition to a veggie burger.  Nutrition
                rated fat, than 1 tablespoon of olive oil.                      expert Carolyn O’Neil reminds us, “It’s
                                                OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS           a handful, not a canful!”   Add pecans to
                DIGESTIVE HEALTH                   Pecans are packed with a variety of   your diet in moderation for that winning
                   A 1-ounce serving of pecans pro-  vitamins and minerals such as manga-  combination of taste and nutrition!
                vides 2.7 mg of dietary fiber which rep-  nese, potassium, calcium, magnesium,
                resents 10 percent of the recommend-  selenium, iron and zinc.  These vitamins

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