Still keeping your New Year's health resolutions If slimming down and
getting healthy are still top of mind, consider adding more nuts, like Georgia
Pecans, to your diet. Below are three great reasons to include
Georgia Pecans in your diet plan:
New healthy Georgia Pecan Commission recipe: Avocado, Grapefruit Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette and Toasted Georgia Pecans. (Photo: Business Wire)
1. The AntioxiNUT
Crunchy and delicious, pecans also pack a nutritional punch. Dubbed the
"AntioxiNUT", Georgia Pecans have the highest level of antioxidants
among all tree nuts, and are one of the top 20 power foods for
antioxidant capacity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The antioxidant compounds found naturally in pecans - including vitamin
E, ellagic acid and flavonoids, - are believed to help prevent
disease-causing oxidation in cells which has been linked to developing
heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's Disease, among others.
2. Weight Loss Stabilizer
Georgia Pecans are also a smart option when it comes to weight loss.
Clinical research from Harvard University School of Public Health also
suggests that as nut consumption increases, body fat and overall weight
actually decreases. In the Harvard study, people following a weight-loss
diet that contained 35 percent of calories from fat, including pecans,
were able to keep weight off longer than people following a
traditionally recommended lower fat diet.
Nuts are a part of most universally accepted balanced diets, such as the
"Mediterranean Diet," which includes fish, poultry, vegetables, fresh
and dried fruit, nuts, grains, olives and olive oil.
"Let's face it, nuts can get a bad rap for being 'fattening'," says
Georgia Pecan spokesperson and registered dietitian Carolyn O'Neil. "In
reality, Georgia Pecans are good for your health and your waistline.
They're not only high in protein, but also in oleic acid, the same type
of healthy fat found in olive oil. Enjoying a few as a nutritious snack
can help keep hunger at bay so you don't over eat at meals. So enjoy a
handful - not a 'can-ful' - of Georgia Pecans as a smart choice."
3. Heart Health Helper
Being over-weight is one key factor in developing heart disease. Georgia
Pecans (halves and pieces) have received the American Heart
Association's Heart Check-mark signifying heart healthy status.
Pecans may also reduce cholesterol. Research from California's Loma
Linda University and New Mexico State University shows levels of
so-called "bad" cholesterol (LDL) drop when pecans are part of a daily
diet. Pecans get this cholesterol-lowering ability, in part, from the
presence of beta-sitosterol, a natural cholesterol-lowering compound.
Eating one-and-a-half ounces of pecans a day (27 to 30 pecan halves), as
part of a heart-healthy diet, may even reduce the risk of heart disease.
Pecans make a great addition to every meal. Add them to your morning
oatmeal or yogurt, substitute pecans for croutons in lunchtime salads
for a flavorful crunch (see recipe below), or use ground pecans with the
seasoning of your choice as delicious breading for meat or fish supper
dishes. Any way you chop them, Georgia Pecans are a tasty addition to
just about every recipe!
For more information about Georgia Pecans and recipes, log on to www.georgiapecans.org
Avocado, Grapefruit Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette and Toasted
Created for Georgia
Pecan Commission by Carolyn O'Neil, R.D.
This is no boring salad - it's appealing to all the senses, beautiful to
look at, delicious to taste with the refreshing aromas of citrus and a
satisfying crunch from heart healthy, antioxidant rich Georgia Pecans.
Avocados sub for the cheese, toasted Georgia Pecans sub for the crunch
of croutons and flavor hit of bacon (You could even use smoked pecans).
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