Pecan Health Facts

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I heard that pecans can help some people with diabetes, is 
that true?
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How many calories and how much fat are in one cup of 
pecans?
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Aren't pecans high in cholesterol?
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Sure pecans taste great but aren't they bad for your heart?
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Until recently the conventional wisdom among health-
conscious Americans was to avoid nuts because of their 
extremely high fat content. But within the past several years, 
nutritionists and health researchers have taken another look 
at nuts. The Harvard Heart Letter reported that much of the 
momentum for giving nuts a second chance comes from a 
long-term study of diet and heart disease in more than 
26,000 Seventh Day Adventists in California that began in the 
mid 1970s. One of the results, reported in 1992, aroused the 
curiosity of health researchers  a strong association 
between higher nut consumption and a lower risk of heart 
disease. People who consumed tree nuts (pecans, almonds, 
walnuts, etc.) frequently (at least 5 times a week) had 
roughly half the risk of a heart attack or a coronary death as 
those who rarely ate them. People who ate a portion of nuts 
even once a week had about a 25% lower risk of heart 
disease than those who avoided nuts. 

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Are pecans really a health food?
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Can I eat pecans on a low-carb diet?
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Aren't pecans kind of "fatty"?
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Will pecans keep me looking younger?
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Can pecans really help lower my cholesterol levels?
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Just what do pecans contain that is so good for me?
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Do pecans contain any amount of fiber?
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Are pecans good for my diet?
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