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The Nutritional Value of Pecans

“More pecans, please!”Pecan pies are a tasty Thanksgiving dessert, but did you know that pecans have health benefits? They have natural antioxidants and have been known to reduce bad cholesterol. Fresh, in-shell Georgia pecans are great for cracking and great for you heart!Pecans are the only tree nuts in the U.S. native to America. They have been growing on American soil for hundreds of years. Here are just a few nutritional facts about this native American tree nut:Good Source of ProteinPecans are a good, natural source of protein. In one serving size of pecans (about 1 cup, chopped) there are 10 grams of protein. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that they may help with maintaining and losing weight.Rich in NutrientsPecans provide nutrients that the human body needs, such as: vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, thiamin, manganese, potassium and zinc. A handful of pecans have a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. They are also a natural source of fiber.Natural AntioxidantsIn recent years, studies have shown that eating pecans every day can help prevent heart disease. The Vitamin E naturally occurring in pecans is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are an important part of everyday health; they help prevent the risk of heart disease and cancer. Pecans contain a high capacity for antioxidants compared to other nuts.Remember to eat pecans for your health! Click here to order a bag of our in-shell new crop pecans, available in November.

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