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Unformatted text preview: Title: This Year Your Health Might Depend On… Pecans? A new year is upon us, and many of us are thinking about ways to become healthier by losing weight or by improving our diet. One of the best ways to improve our health is by eating pecans regularly. A diet rich in natural nuts, like fresh pecans, has helped many people to lose weight. In addition to weight loss, adding pecans to your diet is also good for your overall health. If your diet is pecan-rich then you can be sure that your cholesterol levels will decrease. Research from the University of Georgia has found that high concentrations of plant sterols are found naturally in fresh pecans. Around 90% of those pecan sterols are in the form of beta-sitosterol, which is a food component that blocks the absorption of cholesterol inside the body, and is said to have the ability to lower blood cholesterol levels. Beth Hubrich, M.S., R.D., a dietitian with the National Pecan Shellers Association states that; "This is great news for pecans since more than half the fat (56 percent) found in pecans is monounsaturated fat...
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- Spring '10
- Nutrition, plant sterols, pecans, National Pecan Shellers Association