Pecans Nutrition

Three a day keeps the doctor at bay

Pecans nutrition is a simple way to improve your health, but we really should crack our own nuts; learning the knack is a bit tedious but that way you don't eat too many, and the vitally important fatty acids haven't gone rancid.



Research shows that, eaten regularly in small amounts, they will significantly lower the bad LDL cholesterol in your blood stream; yet, despite being high in calories, they are no more fattening than the Step 1 diet recommended for those with a heart condition.

Moreover, it's the healthy monounsaturated fat, same as in olive oil and avocados.

The beauty of the nut is its ability to lower LDL cholesterol whilst simultaneously raising the good HDL that promotes clean arteries. What's more, with none of the nasty statin side effects, it rivals the effectiveness of drugs to lower the dangerous blood fats.

Three freshly cracked pecan nuts tossed onto your oats breakfast, or onto a salad will enhance any meal. Let's face it, plain cereal or greens can be quite dull.

Hence all the sugar that has to be added to breakfast cereals to make them palatable, and flavour enhancers to salad dressings.



Journal of Nutrition (2001): A diet rich in pecans' with forty percent fat, was twice as effective as the Step I diet, containing twenty-eight % fatty acids, in reducing the total cholesterol by over eleven percent and the bad LDL by 17%. Noteworthy is that participants did not gain any weight.

Journal of Nutrition (2005): A review of the scientific literature found that about ten pecans a day would significantly lower the total cholesterol and LDL in patients with high cholesterol. Similar results were found for almonds, peanuts and walnuts, but not macadamia nuts.

Lowell University of Massachusetts: Researchers found that mice specially bred to develop Lou Gehrig's disease were far less likely to develop this fatal neurological condition if they were fed a diet enriched with pecan nuts.


Pecans nutrition

Pecans nutrition research proves that three nuts a day are not fattening compared to the Step I diet.


The American J of Clinical Nutrition (March 2009)

  • Studies have shown a remarkably consistent association between eating nuts and reduced heart disease risk.
  • Pecans probably reduce the risk of diabetes but the research was only done on women.
  • There is limited evidence of an anti cancer effect.
  • There were less gallstones in both men and women.
  • And note this; there was less obesity and weight gain despite the high fat content.



Healthy breakfast menu

Healthy breakfast menu is vital otherwise you'll snack on junk food through the morning. A few basics at pecans nutrition may be useful.

Firstly don't purchase already shelled pecan nuts unless they are vacuum packed. You'll eat too many also, and their very special fat qualities are rapidly oxidised. Rather crack three every morning to go on your muesli or oats. It takes me less than a minute and you too can learn the knack. Easy...

Tip: Don't try cracking fresh nuts. Wait until they've dried out for a couple months; then they are easier to shell, and tastier.


Foods that lower cholesterol

Foods that lower cholesterol are so easy to incorporate in your diet; pecans nutrition is just one of them.

Yes, nuts have a lot of fat, but listen to this; it's now been proven in research from Loma Lima University and published in the Journal of Nutrition, that pecan nuts eaten five times a week have these vital properties:

  • They will lower your bad LDL cholesterol by about the same amount as Statin drugs with none of the side effects.
  • Nuts raise the good HDL.
  • They lower the bad triglycerides.
  • Pecans decrease the rate of cardiovascular disease.
  • They reduce the blood sugar levels in diabetics taken two hours after a meal which includes carbohydrate; they lower in effect the glycemic index.
  • Pecans in a prescribed meal are twice as effective as the Step I diet in lowering cholesterol, despite being 30 percent higher in fat, with no associated weight gain.

Pecans nutrition is for everyone; don't miss out on these delicious nuts; but do remember than once cracked their valuable oils and vitamins go rancid very quickly.


There is a paucity of information on the net concerning the contents of three nuts, so I measured out this bowl of pecans; it contains 119 to be precise.

Purchase a bag every year, but only buy the large nuts. The small ones are more difficult to crack.  

Australia reaps 2,800 tons of whole nuts which contain 1,500 T of pecan, most of which is exported to China. The Chinese are smart people, obviously, and they consume 20 percent of the world's production.

When did you last crack a pecan nut? They are an important part of the North American heritage.

Using a bit of basic math, 3 whole nuts weigh 25g which contain 13.4g of nut flesh; that's six pecan halves.


Pecans nutrition

Consider the pecan nutrition in just three nuts.

Three pecans

Energy

Protein

Total fat

  • Saturated fat
  • MUFAs
  • PUFAs
  • Cholesterol

Carbs

± 13 grams

93 kcal

1,2 grams

9,6g

  • 0,8g
  • 5,5g
  • 2,9g (± 0.2g omega-3)
  • 0

1,9g

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are "essential", meaning you cannot synthesise them in the body. And since half of the fat in the brain is one of these omega-3 fatty acids called DHA, and all nerves are coated with oleic acid fat, rich in pecans, we realise the importance of omega-3 and certain fatty acids.

Moreover, a diet high in omega-6 and low in Omega-3 leads to general inflammation in the body, arthritis, atherosclerosis and autoimmune disease like Lupus.  Foods to reduce inflammation ...

Why on a chiropractic help site? Omega-3 and arthritis prevention go hand in hand.

Omega-3 fatty acids are PUFAs. Your 2.9 g of PUFA in your three pecans a day will include about 0.2g of ALA omega-3.

General recommendations are about 10 grams of omega-3 per week. Your three pecans a day will provide about 10% of your daily omega-3 requirements. That's three freshly cracked pecans.

Three other common sources of omega-3 are:


Oleic acid

The healthy mono unsaturated fat in pecans nutrition, MUFAs, is the oleic acid that makes olive oil and avocados famous.

You may be wondering why pecans nutrition would feature on a chiropractic website. It's because the fatty myelin sheath of every nerve, without which conduction is impossible, is 70 percent oleic acid.



Whilst 93 kcal of energy may concern you, if you're obese, remember that research shows that folk eating small amounts of pecan nuts regularly did not gain more weight than their counterparts on the Step I diet. In fact, they lost pounds.

1.2g of vegetable protein isn't really significant, needing about 50 to 100g per day, depending on who you believe, but every bit from a non animal source helps.

Note that the mono unsaturated fats in pecans are very high; they are particularly healthy, and there is no cholesterol. It's the same reason why olive and avocado oils are so beneficial too.


We won't add a detailed breakdown of the vitamins in pecan nuts, but they are particularly rich in Thiamine, the muscle vitamin; vitamin E, the fertility and prostate vitamin; folic acid, magnesium and zinc, and phytosterols, all anti-oxidant foodstuffs, read anti-cancer foods.


The high folic acid, magnesium and zinc are probably the reason for the heart protective function, since they are vital for reducing homocysteine in the blood.


Gamma tocopherol vitamin E

Gamma tocopherol vitamin E is one of eight different forms found in pecans nutrition.

For those with prostate problems, the most serious malignant cancer in men, the vitamin E in pecans is particularly high in the protective gamma tocopherol fraction. Never swallow pure alpha tocopherol capsules. Read the label.

And it's all found in pecans nutrition.


Delic pecan nut dip

Freshly cracked pecan nuts will enrich and add flavour to any dip. Try these  dips made with cream cheese ....

Did you know that it takes me only five minutes to prepare the dough for our bread machine? The loaf you buy at the supermarket is tasteless in comparison, has too much salt and is loaded with chemicals.

I confess to be quite neurotic about all the chemical additives in our processed food; I'm convinced they are one of the main causes of cancer and autoimmune diseases like MS.

I'd rather take the time and both to crack my own nuts and bake our own bread than deal with the ravages of disease; in any case they taste much better freshly made in our own homes.


Worm farm delicacy

Yesterday we had a strange experience; whilst throwing the trash in the bin the good wife notice five large bags of shelled pecan nuts; they were totally mouldy and obviously inedible.

By humans that is; she brought them home and I tossed them into the worm farms. We considered giving them to the hens but decided they definitely didn't constitute best chicken food; the possibility of aflatoxin was readily high, but I doubt it would affect the wonder of worm farms.

My real point is don't buy shelled nuts unless they've been vacuum packed; the useful oils are oxidised very quickly and they go mouldy. Aflatoxin is a potent cause of liver cancer.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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