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the proof for pecans

The unique mix of unsaturated fats, plant sterols, fiber and flavonoids all add up to make pecans a heart-healthy superfood.

Four clinical trials on pecans and heart-health have been published and additional research is underway.

Two studies examined the impact of a pecan-enriched diet on blood cholesterol levels, and two studies were conducted to explore the relation of eating pecans on blood gamma-tocopherols levels and oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol.

While these studies provide insights into the potential relationship between pecan-rich diets and cholesterol levels, the results are unique to the study design. Since evidence is limited, more research is needed to understand how compounds in pecans may play a role in supporting normal cholesterol and blood lipids.

Research Articles:

Pecans Acutely Increase Plasma Postprandial Antioxidant Capacity And Catechins And Decrease Ldl Oxidation In Humans.

Rajaram S, Burke K, Connell B, Myint T, Sabaté J. Journal of Nutrition. 2001;131:2275-9.

Pecans Lower Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol In People With Normal Lipid Levels

Morgan WA, Clayshulte BJ. Journal of American Dietetic Association. 2000; 100(3):312-8.

Pecans Acutely Increase Plasma Postprandial Antioxidant Capacity And Catechins And Decrease Ldl Oxidation In Humans

Hudthagosol C, Haddad EH, McCarthy K, Wang P, Oda K, Sabaté J. Journal of Nutrition. 2011; 41:56-62.

A Pecan-Enriched Diet Increases Γ-Tocopherol/Cholesterol And Decreases Thiobarbituric Acid Reactive Substances In Plasma Of Adults

Haddad E, Jambazian P, Karunia M, Tanzman J, Sabate J. Nutrition Research. 2006;26:397-402.

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