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About Pecans A pecan’s name comes from the native Algonquian word meaning “a nut that requires a stone to crack.” The pecan nut is consumed as-is and used as an ingredient in baked goods and confections. Pecans are a good source of protein, the antioxidants and plant sterols pecan nuts contain may also improve cholesterol status by reducing the “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Despite only having commercially produced the nut since the 1880s, U.S. growers now provide roughly 90 percent of the world’s pecans, with an annual crop of about 200 million pounds worth about $400 million dollars. World-wide consumption of low-fat and healthy foods is increasing as more people are recognizing the need for a healthy lifestyle. The search for foods that contribute to a healthy diet and that aid in disease prevention has led to the identification of plant foods that have important phytonutrients, micronutrients, proteins, fiber and sterols. Edible tree nuts are such foods, since they contain nutrients that work independently or in harmony with other foods.
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course HEALTH 212 taught by Professor Hall during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Chicago.

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