A Handful of Pecans a Day May Improve Your Heart Health

The latest research, published in the journal Nutrients, explained how pecans may improve heart health and described the numerous benefits of consuming this nut. The study was executed by the team of scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Medford.handful-pecans-improve-heart-health

For their study, the researchers recruited 26 men and women, who were overweight or obese but otherwise healthy. The participants spent 4 weeks on one diet and then switched to another diet for the remaining 4 weeks. One of the diets was a control diet where 15% of the total calorie count were pecans. The researchers found that adding pecans to the participants’ diets improved insulin sensitivity.

Lead researcher Diane McKay, Ph.D., explains: “Pecans are naturally high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, so replacing a portion of the saturated fat in the diet with these healthier fats can explain some of the cardioprotective effect we observed.”

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