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Pecan Nut Health Benefits

Pecan nuts are rich source of energy, provide 690 calories or 100 g and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.

 

Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; provide about 25 g per 100 g.

 

Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

 

Pecans are also antioxidant-rich which helps prevent the plaque formation that causes hardening of the arteries.

 

They’re rich in oleic acid, the healthy fat found in olives and avocado. Fiber is essential for promoting colon health and paving way for regular bowel movements. 

 

The fiber found in pecans help to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency.

 

Some other benefits relating to fiber and colon health are reduced risks of colitis, colon cancer, and haemorrhoids.

 

Pecans are a rich source of gamma tocopherol which is a chemical compound derived from vitamin E.

 

It supports heart health, prevents heart diseases, promotes respiratory health, helps in blood circulation and is very good for your brain.

 

Pecan nuts appear to be safe for most people with no side effects related to its use; however some may experience an allergic reaction to pecan nuts.

 

In the case of pecan allergy, the immune system reacts to the proteins in pecans and causes symptoms such as hives, vomiting, swelling of the throat, shortness of breath and dizziness.

 

Pecans are also rich in age defying antioxidants. In fact, research from the USDA shows that pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and rank among the top 15 foods with the highest levels of antioxidants.

 

Almonds, walnuts and pecans have 14 to 21 grams of total fat in a 1-ounce serving, but 84 percent of their fat consists of healthy unsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol.

 

Almonds and pecans contain mostly monounsaturated fats. Walnuts are different because they have a large percentage of polyunsaturated fats, which includes omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation.

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