<p>Don’t let the “conventional” advice that pecans are junk food deter you from enjoying these antioxidant-packed Georgia delights. </p><p>While pecans are low in protein and high in fat, they contain nearly triple the free-radical fighting power of blueberries and more <a href=”../healthy-eating-reference/antioxidants”>antioxidant</a> power than any other nut. </p><p>And to boot, these rich nuts contain the rare cancer-fighting phytonutrient <a href=”../healthy-eating-reference/ellagic-acid”>ellagic acid</a>. What pecans lack in vitamins and minerals, they make up for in <a href=”../healthy-eating-reference/antioxidants”>antioxidants</a>. </p><p>Toss pecans into your favorite salad, crumble and use as a crust for fish (like mahi-mahi) or add to your favorite low-glycemic dessert recipe found in our <a href=”../healthy-recipe-ideas/dessert-recipes”>desserts section</a>. </p><p><strong>Antioxidant Score (<a href=”../healthy-eating-reference/oxygen-radical-absorbance-capacity-orac”>ORAC</a>)=17,940 </strong></p><p> </p>
Selecting and Storing Pecans
Choose unshelled pecans with clean, unblemished, unbroken shells. Store pecans in an airtight container tightly in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.