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Good Reasons to Eat Pecan Pralines

Aug 27, 2008
If you're looking for a great excuse to start eating some pecan pralines, look no further. Below you'll find some of the top reasons why pecan pralines are not only delicious to eat but may also have other useful benefits as well.

Pecans & Good Health

Any Southerner knows that pecans are one of the area's natural wonders but most people did not realize the little nuts had as many potential health benefits as medical research is now discovering.

Studies done at Northwestern University in Chicago found that pecans contain oleic acid which is also found in olive oil. This acid is known to suppress gene activity in cells that may be responsible for starting breast cancer in the body. Although the research is still preliminary, this can be one of many good reasons to indulge in pecan pralines a little more frequently.

Pecans have also been shown through two separate studies to help reduce cholesterol levels when people eat 1.5 ounces per day. The reason for the drop has to do with the oil contained by pecans and also a naturally occurring compound known as beta-sitosterol. The studies which confirmed these results were done at the Loma Linda University and at the New Mexico State University.

An Easy Snack

If you have a sweet tooth, eating pecan pralines might be a better choice than potato chips or a bag of cookies. You can grab a single piece of pecan pralines and disappear from the kitchen without bringing along the rest and the added temptation to consume more than your fair share of pecan pralines.

Plus, pecan pralines contain all of those health benefits mentioned above so they can also be a great snack for kids in moderation especially if you're trying to avoid a lot of artificial ingredients.

An Alternative to Red Meat

You probably know that a healthy diet requires protein but too much red meat can be bad for your heart. Beans are a good source of protein but the high fiber count and the loads of carbohydrates, plus a taste that not everyone is crazy about, may keep them off the menu for many health conscious consumers.

While you may not want pecan pralines as your main entrée at dinner, they can offer you another option for protein in your diet. Only ½ ounce of pecans will provide as much protein as a full ounce of meat. Plus, you won't have to worry about all of that saturated fat you're consuming. Again, you don't want to live on a diet of pecan pralines but they can be a useful addition to your diet.

The Best Reason

Of all the reasons to enjoy pecan pralines, the best is because they taste wonderful. The blending of the sweet, hardened sugar mixture over those still crunchy pecans is wonderful. With one bite, you'll see why the recipe has managed to stay popular for hundreds of years.
About the Author
Tanner's Pecan is proud to offer a variety of holiday gift baskets, peanut butter fudge, chocolate pecan pie, pecan pralines, roasted pecans, and chocolate fudge. Visit Tanner's Pecans today for the best selection of Pecan Pralines and Pecans.
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