Researchers show that pecans can dramatically improve a person's cholesterol levels.
Published: August 23, 2021
Source: University of Georgia
Participants at risk for cardiovascular disease who ate pecans during an eight-week intervention showed significant improvements in total cholesterol, triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, in a study conducted by researchers in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Researchers saw an average drop of 5% in total cholesterol and between 6% and 9% in LDL among participants who consumed pecans.
The addition of pecans to the diet not only produced a greater and more consistent reduction in total cholesterol and LDL compared to many other lifestyle interventions, but may also be a more sustainable approach for long-term health. Whether people added them or substituted other foods in the diet for them, we still saw improvements and pretty similar responses in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in particular.
Researchers pointed to the known bioactive properties of pecans for possible mechanisms driving the improvements. Pecans are high in healthy fatty acids and fibre, both of which have been linked to lower cholesterol.
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- Liana L Guarneiri, Chad M Paton, Jamie A Cooper. Pecan-Enriched Diets Alter Cholesterol Profiles and Triglycerides in Adults at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease in a Randomised, Controlled Trial. The Journal of Nutrition, 2021; DOI: 10.1093/jn/nxab248