5 Surprising Health Benefits of Pecans

They’re addictively crunchy. Enormously satisfying. And believe it or not, natural pecans are a heart-healthy snack! They’re an abundant source of antioxidants, unsaturated fats (the good kind) and have even been shown to lower cholesterol. Whether you’re reaching for natural pecans as a snack, or adding a little flair to your favorite recipe, it’s good to know that you’re getting all that flavor, plus positive health benefits!

Another reason to love pecans: The American Heart Association certifies pecans as heart healthy food.

Pecans are now designated as heart-healthy when enjoyed as part of a healthy eating pattern by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Certification Program, according to the National Pecan Shellers Association, a non-profit association dedicated to increasing public awareness of the benefits of pecans.

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Check out our cookbook, Pecans: From Soup to Nuts, for great pecan recipes, plus these health-centric links courtesy of the National Pecan Shellers Association:

American Dietetic Association
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
MyPyramid Plan
American Heart Association
International Tree Nut Council
Georgia Pecan Commission
Texas Pecan Growers Association

Source: National Pecan Shellers Association