Pecan Diet Can Reduce LDL by 33 Percent

Researchers from the Loma Linda University have found that nutrients presents in pecans can reduce the risk of heart ailments. The results of the study are published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

These nuts are found to contain forms of Vitamin E known as tocopherols and gamma-tocopherols. Both these componenets have anti-oxidant properties.

Eating pecans thus reduce the levels of bad cholesterol, low density lipoproteins or LDL by 33 percent. High levels of this cholesterol increase the presence of cell debris or plaque along the pathways of the heart, the veins and arteries.

Whole and blended pecans were included into the diet of the participants of this study. The researchers found that the presence of gamma-tocopherols increased in the blood after every eight hours of having both these meals.

The antioxidant effects of both these form of pecans were found to rise by 12 and 10 percent respectively in the blood two hours after eating a meal with both the kinds of this nut.

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