Saturday, March 20, 2010

Got to Love Those Pecans

While watching an episode of House last night, this line caught my attention: "Nuts are high in copper."

I just wrote a post about zinc and had read that if you take zinc then you should be taking copper. There is something important about the zinc/copper ratio.

I've been eating pecans for a snack.  Often my low point for mood is in the late afternoon, and I think this may be linked to blood sugar levels (although it might also be changes in daylight), and so I've found that if I eat nuts for a snack, I feel better. I thought this was because they are high in protein and fiber, but now I'm wondering if it could be...

The copper?  Or maybe even the Choline?  Or some other good ingredient that they have....

Here's some info about what's in 1 cup of pecans....

Copper 1.3 mg
Magnesium 132mg
Choline 44 mg
Manganese 4.9 mg
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 1075 mg
Omega 6 fatty acids 22487 mg

More nutritional info here.

I guess I will have to keep researching.  And eating those pecans. I actually ran out of pecans last week and made a special trip to the store for them.  It was driving me nuts.  They are kind of expensive, but Costco seems to have the best price.

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