Delicious, buttery yet rich-flavored pecans are one of the popular edible tree-nuts known to American aborigines since centuries ago. They are enriched with many health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Pecan nuts, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, are not true nuts but botanically fruits (drupe).
- 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.
- These nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid, playing a role in helping to improve blood lipid and cholesterol levels.
- Pecans are 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.
Best Ways to Use
- Raw pecans, like in walnuts, can be eaten either alone, salted or sweetened.
- They can be widely used as an addition to hot and cold cereals, salads, and even desserts.
- Make pecan nut-butter, to dip with vegetables or spread over high-fiber bread, toast, etc.