Health Benefits of Pecans
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Pecans are a type of tree nut that grows in the Southern parts of the United States and in Mexico. Pecans first came on the food scene in Native American history around the year 1500, its name originating from the Algonquins. The word "pecan" actually means "a nut that requires a stone to crack". Of the over 1500 varieties of pecans many are now called "paper shell" pecans and were grafted to make them easier to get into--some can even be cracked in the hand!
- 195 calories
- 4 grams carbohydrates
- 2.5 grams protein
- 20 grams fat
- 2.7 grams fiber
- 1.3 milligrams manganese (64 percent DV)
- 0.3 milligrams copper (17 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligram thiamine (12 percent DV)
- 34.2 milligrams magnesium (9 percent DV)
- 1.3 milligrams zinc (9 percent DV)
- 78.2 milligrams phosphorus (8 percent DV)
- 0.7 milligrams iron (4 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligrams vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)
- 116 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
Pecan are high in fat, but they are full of healthy fats that can actually be beneficial for providing long-lasting energy and promoting weight loss.
The heart-healthy fats in pecans can help slow the emptying of the stomach to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Most of the carbs in pecans are made up of fiber, which moves through the intestinal tract undigested and reduces hunger and appetite.
According to a review found in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, some studies have found that eating nuts as part of a healthy diet could be linked to a lower body weight. Another 2018 study out of France also reported that a higher intake of nuts was tied to reduced weight gain and a decreased risk of becoming overweight or obese over a five-year period.
Pecans are loaded with antioxidants, which may play a central role in overall health and could aid in the prevention of chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
Studies show pecan consumption may reduce several markers used to measure the risk of heart disease and blood pressure levels.
Filling up on antioxidants can be an effective strategy to help reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage. The copper found in pecans can also help decrease inflammation, especially for pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. This is why pecans and other anti-inflammatory foods can make a great addition to an arthritis diet treatment plan
In conjunction with other nutrients, manganese, copper and zinc (all found in pecans) have been used to help treat symptoms of osteoporosis which is a condition characterized by weak brittle bones.