Nuts are a great example of a functional food because they contain vitamins
and minerals that support overall health. According to the U.S. Journal of
Agriculture and Food Chemistry, pecans have more antioxidants than any
other tree nut. They also contain vitamins and minerals such as manganese,
potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Top health benefits of pecans:
- Promotes weight loss. Pecans contain a lot of healthy fiber which can fill you up and satisfy hunger quickly. They also contain fatty acids that is known to lower the hormone (Grehlin) that makes you feel hungry.
- Immunity booster. Pecans contain high levels of zinc which is necessary for immune system function.
- Brain booster. Pecans contain vitamin E and other antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, protecting cells and tissue in the brain and other vital organs.
- Hearth health. Pecans contain high monounsaturated fats like oleic acid and phenolic antioxidants that promote heart health and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
- High in antioxidants. Pecans contain twice the amount of flavonoid content as compared to other nuts such as cashews, almonds and pistachios.
Enjoy a handful of pecans daily as a healthy snack or try cooking with them!