Pecans pack a nutritional punch. “They are high in protein, fiber and trace minerals, plus they are packed with antioxidants that help aid in muscle recovery,” Morrow explains. When we eat pecans, our levels of gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E and natural antioxidant, double and unhealthy oxidation of bad cholesterol decreases by a third, says a study in the Journal of Nutrition. Concerned about the cals (there’s roughly 250 in 1/3 cup!)? “Even though nuts are high in fat and calories, research shows that we don’t absorb it all,” Morrow says. Aim for a 1/3 cup, and pair them with fruit, yogurt, salad, or even atop cereal.
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