In Search of Fats for Great Health

Fat is the enemy, right? Not quite.

Dietary fat plays an important role in our overall good health. Our bodies turn to fat for energy. We use it for fuel, plain and simple. Fat also helps our bodies absorb vitamins.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, moderation is the key, as is understanding which fats are best for us. These include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are two of the healthiest choices. Monounsaturated fats can reduce inflammation, and can help regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels, a big plus for diabetics. Polyunsaturated fats can reduce your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Delicious, rich-tasting pecans – America’s nut – are a great source of the healthy fats each of us need in our daily diet. They have so many health benefits that they often are referred to as “nutrition in a nutshell.”

In terms of fat content, pecans have little saturated fat and no trans fats, which the CDC considers unhealthy fats. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the fats in pecans are monounsaturated, and another 30 percent are polyunsaturated.

So grab a handful of pecans and know you’re getting a little dose of nutrition and a big dose of deliciousness!