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Pecans, the life saving snack

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"These are what he's picking up."

A huge tractor plucking little pecans off the ground is something Hilton Segler sees almost everyday. He's the executive director of The National Pecan Growers Council and to him pecans hold more value than just dollar signs.

"Vitamin E that's found in pecans has the ability to kill prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. This is very, very essential as far as health," Segler said. 

But that's not the all pecans can do, according to research oleic acid found in the nut can suppress activity of genes related to breast cancer. Pecans also have the ability to lower cholesterol while giving an entire day's worth of fiber. Segler feels health is something we can't neglect.

"Our people today [live] 20 years longer than it was a decade or so ago," Selger continues. "It's the food that we take in our bodies that we need to be very conscious of."

There are 15 commercial states that contribute to pecan production and over the last 100 years Georgia has been the top supplier.

"It's the only major crop that's native to the United States, so its one of our national heritages and we need to share it."

By consuming at least a handful of pecans every other day will offer a wide range of health benefits that can help keep you from taking trip to vitamin aisle.

 

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