Pecans—The New Superfood Against Cancer: In this study, extracts of pecan nuts were shown to kill colon cancer cells (up to 90%) and liver cancer cells (up to 70%) more powerfully than any other nut tested, except for walnuts. We already know that eating nuts is highly protective against cancer and heart disease: just three servings of nuts weekly may cut your risk of cancer death by 40%, and risk of fatal heart disease by a stunning 60% (1 serving = 1 ounce, or 28 grams).
But pecans are special because they contain more cancer-fighting antioxidants than almost any other nut: in fact, a single serving of pecans delivers the same antioxidant power as 2104 mg of vitamin C (yes, over two-thousand mg of vitamin C)! And the health benefits of pecans don’t stop there: a recent clinical trial showed that adults consuming 68 grams daily of pecans actually saw their total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol significantly decrease after 8 weeks!
And another study showed that eating nuts helped overweight women lose weight, decrease hip size, lower their cholesterol and blood sugar, and even lower their blood pressure! Bottom line: do enjoy a slice of pecan pie this Thanksgiving, but also try to make pecans (and nuts in general), part of a healthy, balanced diet which includes plenty of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and spices.