Pecans are rich decadent nuts that really make your recipes go wow! Delicious, buttery with a rich full flavour they are very popular as a snack or in cake recipes, they are high in anti-oxidants and also heart friendly. Pecan Nuts have been used in cooking and baking in the USA for years. Pecan Pie is a common and gorgeous cake recipe that has been a staple in household across the US and Pecans are one of the most delicious nuts around. They are enriched with many health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Pecan is a very large sized deciduous tree belonging to the member of hickory family. The tree is native to central and southern parts of the United States of America. Today, however, it is being cultivated in many regions of the world as an important commercial tree-nuts crop.
Pecans are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in dietary-fiber, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants would help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
Pecan nuts are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help the body remove toxic oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections.
Pecans are an excellent source of Vitamin E. 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.
They are also a very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism inside the human body.
The nuts are also rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
Add a hand full of pecan nuts in your diet to keep your nutrition levels complete with sufficient levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein.
Raw pecans can be eaten either alone, salted or sweetened.
Pecan nuts are buttery in consistency yet pleasantly sweet in taste. High fat content in them makes them wonderful additions in the preparations of delicious recipes like pecan caramel puddles, pie, fudge, baklava, and muffins.
The nuts are often sprinkled over desserts, particularly sundaes and ice creams. They are widely used in the confectionery, as an addition to biscuits, sweets, and cakes.
The nuts can also be ground in a high speed processor to make pecan nut butter. They work beautifully in raw food recipes as a cake crust, soaked and dehydrated as a snack and added to raw ice cream. Pure nut decadence!
Per 28g serving:
All figures are approximate and can vary.
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