On The Kaufmann Diet, you are encouraged to enjoy nuts of mostly all kinds. The exceptions to this rule are pistachios and peanuts, which are both known to be regularly contaminated with mycotoxins. (While peanuts are actually legumes, or beans, many people consider them to be nuts.) Other nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, and others can be enjoyed on The Kaufmann Diet. Enter the Mighty Pecan!
Nuts in general were ill regarded for many years, largely due to their fat content. We know that the kinds of fats found in nuts today, however, are considered “good” fats, which are vital to good health. These kinds of fats promote heart health instead of detract from it. Nuts are also good sources of protein, fiber, and certain plant nutrients.
One nut that stands out in terms of health benefits, however, are pecans.
Pecans are native to the southern United States and northern Mexico and are produced by a species of hickory tree. Together, The United States and Mexico produce nearly all of the world’s supply of pecans.
Pecans are a great choice while you are on the Kaufmann Diet for a few reasons:
They’re Loaded With Nutrition
Pecans loaded with vitamins like thiamine, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus. These are all vitamins that are necessary for good health and promote different aspects of our bodies’ well being.
Pecans Are Rich In Good Fats
Pecans are about 72% fat, and are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are known to be good for heart health, and combined with nutrients like magnesium, pecans are thought to promote metrics like healthy blood pressure and healthy cholesterol levels.
A Good Source of Fiber
Fiber is a nutrient many people do not get enough of, but fiber is good for heart health and regularity. Pecans are a good source of fiber.
High in Antioxidants
Pecans are high in the antioxidant, vitamin E.
Pecans are Portable
Pecans are easy to carry around as a convenient snack, and are easy to add to trail mixes, salads, or plain yogurt.
The Kaufmann Diet can seem restrictive at first, but the closer you look, you really have an array of delicious and health promoting foods at your finger tips, including pecans!