RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS, B VITAMINS, AND MINERALS; INCREASES “GOOD” CHOLESTEROL
Pecans are native to the Southeastern United States, with Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi as the major growers. A member of the walnut and hickory family, the pecan is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and has the highest fat content of any vegetable product. Pecans have a caloric value similar to butter.
An excellent source of anti-oxidants, regular consumption of pecans can help to decrease LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol.” Pecans contain vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin as well as several important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Pecans are also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.