Pecan nuts is a tree plant native to North America. It is the state tree of Texas and Native Americans have used it since antiquity for various medical reasons. Apart from America, it is now cultivated in some countries of Africa, southern America, Asia and Australia.
Pecan is delicious and nutty when eatern raw, but can be easily utilized in making other meals, such as desserts. It is also commonly employed in savory meals as well. The famous pecan pie is a Southern American delicacy that derives its name from pecans, which are a key ingredient in the dessert.
Helth benefits of pecans include reduced risk of high cholesterol levels, hypertension, diabetes, gallstone disease and cancer. It has antioxidant properties and helps in weight management. It also protects vital organs from the toxic effects of Cyclosphamide.
Pecans contain protein, energy, fiber, amino acids, fats, starch and sugars. Other nutrients include thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Beta carotene, folate, folic acid and vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Amongst minerals it is very abundant in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
• Eating pecans on a regular basis can balance the cholesterol levels inside the body. That ability is attributed to pecans due to their high amount in monounsaturated fats.
• Pecan nuts can be consumed by diabetic people to help in maintaining blood sugar levels. It has also been suggested that pecan nuts may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes.
• Pecans can offer protection against heart related ailments. They contain protein, vitamin E and antioxidant properties which help in protecting the heart and reducing risk of hypertension.
• Pecans contain constituents like tocopherol and flavan-3-olmonomers that help in inhibiting oxidation of the lipids that exist in the blood which in turn offers protection against heart diseases.
• Pecans can be beneficial in managing weight. They are rich in fats but also contain protein and fiber which may make one feel full for longer duration and thus help in lowering intake of other high calorie foods.
• Consumption of nuts like peanuts, almonds and pecans is associated with reduced risk of gallstones.
• Pecans may help in reducing risk of cancer. It is rich in phenolic compounds, tannins which are associated with prevention of various diseases, including cardiovascular disorders and cancer.
• Cyclophosphamide compound associated with life threatening effects such as cancer. Pecan may protect the vital organs such as heart, kidney and bladder from cyclophosphamide induced toxicity.