This buttery, crunchy nut is the only major tree nut native to the United States, and the health benefits of the pecan are nothing short of magical, containing more than 19 vitamins and minerals.

Pecans have been certified as a “Heart-Healthy Food” by the American Heart Association, and clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels similar to what is seen with cholesterol-lowering medications.

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