Why Do We Love Pecans so Much?

Grab a handful of delicious gourmet pecans to celebrate National Pecan Month. Sure, pecan pie tastes amazing, but we can get the wonderful health benefits of pecans into our bodies in other ways too!

The name “pecan” is an Algonquian word which means “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” The pecan is not really a nut; it is technically a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.

Gourmet Pecans

Gourmet Pecans

Health Benefits of Pecans:

  1. Good for Heart Health

Pecans are rich in one form of vitamin E, gamma tocopherol, which has been found to be helpful in preventing coronary heart disease.

  1. Lower Cholesterol

It was found in a study at the Loma Linda University that eating a diet supplemented with pecans, gamma-tocopherol levels in the body doubled and bad cholesterol in the blood decreased by 33 percent.

To hear more about what researcher Dr. Haddad has to say watch this video:

  1. Pecans May Protect Your Nervous System

Adding pecans to your diet are helpful in protecting the nervous system and may delay the progression of age-related motor neuron degeneration, such as diseases like ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, according to research at the Center for Cellular Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

  1. Are High in Antioxidants

Foods that have a high antioxidant capacity can decrease the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Pecans contain the highest antioxidant capacity compared to all nuts according to the largest USDA study of food antioxidants.

  1. Weight Gain?

A study found that eating nuts did not increase weight, so a few pecans a day and can be eaten without gaining weight.

  1. Pecans are Nutrient Dense
  • They contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, oleic acid, vitamin B1, thiamin, magnesium, protein and zinc.
  • Also, pecans are good source of protein containing very few carbohydrates and are sodium-free.
  • Approximately 20 halves contain 196 calories so you can eat 10 halves for less than 100 calories. (From: Nutrition Data)

 

Young pecan nuts growing on tree

Young pecan nuts growing on tree

Pecan History

Fossil pecan remains found in Texas and the northern Mexico show that the pecan tree was prehistoric.

Native Americans cultivated wild pecans in the 1500s.

The world’s largest pecan nursery is located in Lumberton, Mississippi.

Fun Pecan Facts

  • There are about 78 pecans used in every pecan pie!
  • 80 percent of the world’s pecans are grown in the U.S.
  • There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans and many are named for Native American Indian tribes (Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee).
  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.
  • There are many sizes of pecans: mammoth, extra-large, large, medium, small and midget.
  • Before a pecan can be sold, first it is cleaned, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.
  • The shells of pecans make great mulch for gardens.

 

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Watch for tasty gluten free pecan recipes next week.

Related:

Walnuts: The Crinkly Powerfood
Are Cashews Good For You?
8 Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

79 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Veronica Danie
.3 years ago

Thanks!

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Natasha salgado
Past Member 3 years ago

That pie looks soooo good!

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Beverly S.
Beverly S3 years ago

To me they're second only to walnuts. Sometimes I crave pecans, now I know why!
(Never saw them growing - interesting)

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James Maynard
James Maynard3 years ago

Was not aware of the many health benefits, other than nuts are good for you. I do enjoy my East Texas Barbequed Pecans.

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Dorothy Chamberlain

I must admit I've never tried pecans, they're not so popular here in Spain but if I see them at the market any time I will definately get some. Thanks for the info.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Randy Q.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks!

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers3 years ago

TYFS!

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