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What’s The Power of Chocolate & Pecans?
What puts the ‘m-m-m-m’ in ‘Yum-m-m’? Chocolate-covered pecans, of course! Even if you are on a sugar-restricted diet, chocolate-covered pecans are available as sugar-free options. And don’t let anyone tell you that pecans shouldn’t be eaten due to their fat-content. The type of fat found in these nutrition-packed morsels is the good kind of fat that your body, and my body, needs.
Chocolate-covered pecans remain an American favorite—both as a snack or delicious desert. Not only do chocolate and pecans blend as the perfect marriage in terms of flavor, but the immense health properties are nothing short of astounding!
Three types of chocolates are used to coat pecans—milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate, with dark chocolate being the most wholesome. Believe it or not, antioxidants--which are known to combat diseases and cancers—are abundant in dark chocolate; and dark chocolate’s antioxidant level far exceeds the anti-oxidant levels found in red wines!
The Dynamic Duo’s Nutritional Components:
Chocolate and pecans—let’s break down the nutritional components and health benefits that chocolate-covered pecans offer:
1: The Chocolate:
Yes, chocolate does contain fat calories but the kind of fat found in chocolate is derived from cocoa butter, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid that the human body requires!
A 2003 study from Harvard University concluded that cocoa offers a natural and beneficial blood-pressure-lowering component; and the micro-ingredients of cocoa contribute to better blood flow—amazing! Dark chocolates have gained a coveted reputation for being extremely healthy; and now you know why: dark chocolate contains substantially higher amounts of cocoa than all other chocolates!
2: The Pecans:
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals some astounding facts concerning their pecan study: Pecans will actually remove toxins, called ‘oxygen-free radicals’ from the human body! One might ask, “So, why is that impressive?” The impressiveness lies with oxygen-free radicals being responsible for cancers, diseases and infections; and these radicals being eliminated simply by eating pecans on a regular basis is quite astounding!
Additionally, Pecans have an inherent ability to help your heart. These power-packed nuggets contain the amino acid ‘ l-arginine’, which helps combat heart disease in addition to promoting healthy blood-flow . Interestingly, the human body is unable to naturally produce sufficient amounts of ‘ l-arginine’ and pecans provide a natural supply. As if that’s not enough, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals--continued testimony to the power and healing behind the potent pecan.
Chocolate-Covered Pecan Recipe:
Creating a batch of these nourishing nuggets is super easy!
--- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
--- 3 tablespoons heavy cream
--- 2 cups pecan halves
--- Combine chocolate chips and cream in metal bowl and set on top of pan with simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat, stir in pecans.
--- Use a slotted spoon to remove a few pecans at a time. Place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
For sugar-free chocolate pecans, use unsweetened chocolate chips and sprinkle with sugar substitute while chocolate is still warm on the nuts.
Savor the flavor and the health benefits—all wrapped up in one little nugget at a time! And p.s. : chocolate-covered pecans make a great gift!