Pecans Consistently Deliver Vitamin E

Jul 29, 2002

University of Georgia (UGA) researchers say pecans are a consistent, rich source of the antioxidant vitamin E, no matter where they’re grown in the United States, reports HealthScoutNews.

Ron Eitenmiller, a food scientist at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, analyzing pecans grown in two different years in several states, found that their vitamin E content was stable, regardless of the year, variety or region. The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Food Science.

“Vitamin E is the primary antioxidant we use. It protects our bodies when chemical reactions produce oxidation in the body, which can be dangerous. Antioxidants, in essence, serve as a tool that inhibits oxidative stress that can be detrimental to many cellular functions,” Mr. Eitenmiller says.

As humans don’t make their own vitamin E, they have to get it from plant sources including pecans, walnuts, cashews, almonds, pistachios, peanut products, and liquid vegetable oils.

Moderator Comment: Will all the recent positive news about the health benefits of nuts have an immediate impact on their consumption? What categories are most at risk to lose share of stomach to nuts?

Clearly the University of Georgia (UGA) researchers involved
in this pecan study must have found out-of-state employment before releasing
these results. If not, we would recommend disregarding the study’s findings.
Only complete fools that live and work in Georgia would publish study findings
that pecans from any state were all the same. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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