Pecan nuts reduce cholesterol and therefore the risk of heart disease. In fact, researchers say that it may even be an alternative to cholesterol-reducing drugs for some people. Pecans are rich in monounsaturated fat and are also good sources of potassium, magnesium and vitamin E.
Eat a handful of pecans every day – whether you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol or not. Bear in mind that 100 g of pecan nuts have an energy value of 689 kilojoules (164 calories). So don't overdo it. However, rather include plant fats than animal fats in your diet if you're watching your waistline.
- (Health24, November 2004)