Guest Writer for Wake Up World
Pecans, I love them.
Whether in a pie, salad or in this case a main meal, they are flavourful and satisfying. And as with other whole foods, nutritionally the pecan packs a heavy punch. In the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition, the naturally occurring antioxidants in this nut may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention.
Pecans contain different forms of the antioxidant vitamin E-known as tocopherols along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. Fibre, high-quality protein and fat are other attributes that provide satiety and may help increase metabolic rates which is critical in weight maintenance.
It has also been proven that pecans can delay the decline in motor neuron function which often occurs with aging!