Ok, so the sugar rush Valentine Day is over. We have over 8 weeks to get ready to go at it again when the Easter Bunny fills our baskets with our favorite treats. So what do we do now? We have filled our bodies with bad fat so now it is time to EAT GOOD FAT. Good Fat is getting a lot of press again lately. There are good fats that your body needs to function properly. Nuts are getting good press when you compare the healthy benefits that they provide your body. We here at Walker Farm and Pecans feel like Pecans are one of the GOOD NUTS that provide GOOD FAT.
Pecans contain protein that helps you feel satisfied for longer and we can tell you that by making a handful of pecans a snack, provide you with the protein and healthy fats you need throughout your day. A handful of pecans mid-morning and mid-afternoon turns out to be the perfect snack for us.
One drawback to nuts is that they're high in calories, so it's important to limit portions. But choosing pecans instead of a less healthy snack may just help you stick to a heart-healthy diet.
What's in nuts that might make them heart healthy?
Besides being packed with protein, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:
- Unsaturated fats.It's not entirely clear why, but it's thought that the "good" fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
- Omega-3 fatty acids.Omega-3 fatty acids are found in many kinds of fish, but many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks.
- All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes.
- Vitamin E.Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
- Plant sterols.Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.
- L-arginine.Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
The above facts are taken from Mayo Clinic web site.
So just wanted to remind you that an easy way to eat healthy is to add a handful of pecans to your daily diet. Throw them on your salad, in your yogurt, make a crust with them on your pork chops. Be creative and eat Good fats!