Good Granola is Good Health

Our ingredients are all natural, so naturally they're good for you. Reap the heaping health benefits of cranberries, walnuts, maple syrup, sunflower seeds, coconut, pecans, ginger, cinnamon and oats in every bite!


Plentiful Pecans

As a star ingredient in Platte Clove Naturals Granola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals – including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc.  One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber.  Pecans are also a natural, high-quality source of protein that contain very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol.  Pecans are also naturally sodium-free, making them an excellent choice for those on a salt- or sodium-restricted diet. Nearly 60 percent of the fats in pecans are monounsaturated and another 30 percent are polyunsaturated, leaving very little saturated fat in pecans.

Recently published scientific studies show that pecan consumption can help lower blood cholesterol. Further, pecans can be helpful as part of a weight-control diet because the mono- and polyunsaturated fats - the "good fats" - in pecans contribute to satiety.

Pecans Can Help Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

New research, published in the August 2006 issue of Nutrition Research, shows that adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent natural granolaheart disease . The researchers suggest that this positive effect was in part due to the pecan's significant content of vitamin E — an antioxidant. Pecans contain different forms of vitamin E, which protects blood lipids from oxidation. Oxidation of lipids in the body — a process akin to rusting — is detrimental to health. When the ’bad‘ (LDL) cholesterol becomes oxidized, it is more likely to build up and result in clogged arteries.

Pecans rank highest among all nuts and are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity, meaning pecans may decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Pecans have more antioxidant capacity than walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, peanuts and cashews.

Numerous other studies have also shown that phytochemicals, like those found in pecans, act like antioxidants and may have a protective effect against certain diseases, such as various cancers and heart disease.