Pecans May Help Prevent Heart Disease, Cancer
Posted November 20, 2002 7:26 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — One of North Carolina's favorite foods may help prevent disease.
Researchers said many people cut pecans out of their diets because they are high in fat, but pecans contain a heart healthy kind of fat called monounsaturated fat.
Monounsaturated fats help reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a recent study at
Loma Linda University
Pecans are also good sources of vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, zinc, protein and fiber, said doctors.
Researchers added that eating a small portion of pecans every day lowers the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.
The study also showed that pecans contain antioxidants that prevent certain types of cancer. Some researchers said they also help prevent obesity.
Since pecans are high in fat, they have a high satiety value. People who eat them are less likely to get hungry quickly, said doctors.