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 PECAN HEALTH BENEFITS

Pecan Calories, Nutrition and Cholesterol

Schermer Pecan Company is proud to produce pecans not only because of their high quality and freshness, but also because they are so good for you!

The health benefits of pecans are now very well documented by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Research shows that eating a handful of pecans each day may be as effective at lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol as prescription medication. The FDA now allows pecans to carry the following health claim: “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” More and more people are waking up to the health benefits of pecans – try some of our delicious pecan recipes using pecan nuts or buy them ready-made: chocolate pecans, glazed pecans, or caramelized pecans . These pecan nuts are also great as gifts – look through some of our fancy pecan gift sets to give them to your loved ones.

Pecans Nutrition

Some people are concerned about the amount of fat in pecans – don’t be alarmed. Nutritionists say this is “good fat” or heart-healthy, unsaturated fat.

Pecans are loaded with antioxidants, which are nutrients that delay aging and decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. These are not the only health benefits. The latest research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that pecans are the most antioxidant rich tree nut and are among the top 15 foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. So you need not worry about your health when it comes to eating pecans.

Pecans Cholesterol

Unsaturated fat can have a protective effect by lowering total blood cholesterol and preserving HDL (high-density lipoproteins) or the “good” cholesterol to help fight heart disease. Pecans contain no cholesterol and no trans fat.

Pecans Calories

There are 196 calories in 1 ounce (20 halves) of Pecan Nuts.
Calorie breakdown: 87% fat, 8% carbs, 5% protein.

Pecan Oil

There’s another benefit to eating pecans – you get a healthy dose of pecan oil with each pecan.

Pecan oil contains 9.5% of saturated fat, which is lower than half the amount that is present in olive oil, peanut oil or corn oil.

Pecan oil is also a great oil for massages.

Pecans are not only good – they are good for you!

More Good Stuff About Pecans

The pecan is undoubtedly the most important nut tree native to North America. For North American Indian tribes in the South-Central region of the United States, especially in the Mississippi Valley, the seedling pecan served as a dietary staple long before the arrival of Europeans. Later the Indians traded pecans to the settlers for furs, trinkets and tobacco. Before the early sixteenth century, no European had ever seen a pecan.The native trees produced a seedling pecan which was small and had a very hard shell. There are now more that 500 improved varieties which were developed by advanced growing techniques. This was to improve the nut meat of pecans produced as well as increase the production of the trees. The improved varieties are thinner shelled making them easier to crack.Georgia now produces 45% of the Nation’s pecans. Georgia’s production averages 110 million pounds per year. This production is influenced by factors such as weather, insects and disease which cause fluctuations from as low as 50 million pounds to as high as 150 million pounds per year.Not only are pecans delicious, they are heart healthy! Research has revealed that eating a handful of pecans a day may help keep the heart doctor away! Pecan nuts can lower bad cholesterol and can be beneficial to heart health in the long run.

Researchers have found that eating one third cup of pecans a day lowered the “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, by 10% after four weeks. “Pecan nuts can be part of a healthy diet”, says Wanda Morgan, lead author of the study and a nutritional scientist with the Agricultural Experiment Station at New Mexico State University. In addition to lowering the LDL cholesterol, pecans are a good source of oleic acid, thiamin, magnesium, protein and fiber.

The flavor and texture of pecans make them compatible with a wide variety of foods. It is estimated that there are more than 1200 uses for pecans in prepared dishes. Pecans may be used in baked goods, dairy products and sweets as well as salads, meats, cereals and vegetables. Naturally though, our first thought is of pecan pralines and pecan pie, which originated in the South!

No matter how you choose to eat your pecans, you can be assured you are getting a healthy and delicious product!

 

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