Ask the NUTritionist

Densie Webb, Ph.D., R.D. co-author of "The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!" answers questions about diets, health and pecans.

Q: Is it important that I include antioxidant-rich foods at breakfast?

A: Including antioxidant-rich foods, like Georgia Pecans, is important at every meal. But starting off the day with a dose of healthful natural ingredients like the antioxidants found in pecans, is a smart nutrition strategy. In fact, some research has suggested that by distributing antioxidant-rich foods throughout the day, your body is better able to maintain higher blood levels of these beneficial compounds. As pecans have been found to be a more concentrated source of antioxidants than almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios or walnuts, including them at any meal can help boost your daily antioxidant intake. These naturally occurring antioxidant compounds in pecan may be the reason eating them every day has been linked to lower levels of “bad” cholesterol, known as low-density lipoproteins (LDLs).

Previous Questions

Georgia Pecans are a Good Source of Zinc

Q: I’m concerned that I might not be getting enough zinc in my diet. Are Georgia Pecans a good source of the mineral?

Georgia Pecans, Vitamin E and Blood Clots

Q: I read that vitamin E may help reduce blood clots. Since pecans are rich in vitamin E, could eating Georgia Pecans provide a similar benefit?

Georgia Pecans are a Good Source of Magnesium

Q: How much magnesium do pecans contain and what are the health benefits of eating magnesium-rich foods?

Georgia Pecans are a Good Source of Fiber

Q: What’s the recommended daily intake of fiber and can pecans help me reach the recommended amount?

Georgia Pecans and the Atkins Diet

Q: I read about a new study that found the high-protein Atkins diet was more successful than the Zone in helping people lose weight. If I follow the Atkins diet can I eat pecans?

Georgia Pecans and the “Mediterranean-Style” Diet

Q: I’ve heard that a “Mediterranean-style” diet is one of the most healthful ways to eat. Do Georgia Pecans fit into that kind of a diet?

Georgia Pecans are a Good Source of the Amino Acid L-arginine

Q: I’ve heard that nuts are a good source of the amino acid L-arginine. What can it do for me and are Georgia Pecans a good source?

The Nutritional Value of Roasted Georgia Pecans

Q: Does roasting Georgia pecans in the oven have any effect on their nutritional value?

Georgia Pecans During Pregnancy

Q: I’m expecting, and I love pecans. Is it okay for my baby if I regularly eat pecans?

The Latest Health Benefits of Georgia Pecans

Q: I read that there were some new findings about the naturally healthful components in pecans. What's the latest?

Georgia Pecans and the Glycemic Index

Q: I’m trying to lose weight by eating a diet based on the glycemic index. Is that a good idea and how do Georgia pecans fit into the diet picture?

Georgia Pecans are “Brain Food”

Q: I’ve heard that nuts, including Georgia pecans, are considered “brain food.” Can eating pecans really benefit my brain?

American Heart Association Dietary Recommendations and Georgia Pecans

Q: I heard that the American Heart Association has just issued new dietary recommendations for a healthy heart. Is it still okay to include Georgia pecans in my diet?

Balancing Your Fat Intake with Georgia Pecans

Q: I've heard that it's important to balance the amount of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids in my diet. How do I balance these fats, and where do Georgia pecans fit in the picture?

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