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The Abundant Health Benefits Of Pecans

Updated on April 8, 2014

To Your Health

Pecans are an incredible resource which can benefit your diet in numerous and interesting ways. Nature has a way of providing all of the nutrients needed for our bodies to stay healthy and to increase the length of our life spans. Eating a handful of pecans or topping salads with them can be an easy way of incorporating this healthy food into your eating habits. If you are looking for easy ways to improve your health it is always a great start to evaluate your diet and see what foods are doing more harm than good. Let's go over what makes pecans such a potent bundle of well being improving nutrition.

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Pecans can have many rewarding benefits to your health.
Pecans can have many rewarding benefits to your health. | Source

Quality Nutrition

Eating pecans in moderation can supply your body with high quality nutrition from the best source, nature. This nut features a rich source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant. They also contain folates, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, copper, iron, zinc, selenium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, fiber, protein, trace amounts of other vitamins and minerals as well as omega fatty acids. One of the most impressive health benefits of this nut is its abundant source of oleic acid, which is the same kind of fatty acid in olive oil. Being so abundant in nutrients, pecans can be a wise addition to diets and provide you with natural lasting energy. Pecans can reward your health with free radical fighting antioxidants as well. The vitamin E content they contain help protect your skin while also improving the appearance and texture.

Helps Weight Management

Pecans make for an excellent healthy snack and can help curb hunger in between meals. The stigma of nuts being high in fat can easily be pushed aside when eaten in moderation. Pecans are a super balanced food and the vitamin and mineral content is in perfect harmony with the good fat content. Clinical studies have actually shown that the consumption of nuts such as pecans may result in managing your weight.

Heart Healthy

More than half of the fats found in pecans are monounsaturated including polyunsaturated, which leaves little saturated fats for consumption. It is highly important to avoid foods high in saturated fats as much as possible. Pecans are great for the heart and are a recommended source of natural good fats. Other sources include fish, varieties of nuts, and vegetable oils. When eating this natural food, you can take comfort in knowing you are nourishing your heart with vital nutrition.

Natural Protein

Pecans and other nuts can be of great benefit for vegetarians as they contain a rich source of natural protein. Having a serving size of 1 oz of pecan halves can supply your body with close to 3 grams of high quality protein as well as energy producing carbohydrates and other vitamins and minerals. Pecans pack a nutritious punch and have a satisfying and hearty taste. They can also be utilized for athletes and body builders who are more interested in proteins from natural sources. Try a handful before a workout with a small serving of fruit. Your body will be at the ready and equipped with endurance for exercise.

How To Include

Pecans don't have to just be eaten by themselves. You can throw some into many entrees, and they can even be added to smoothies for an interesting flavor and texture. I've made smoothies before with vanilla ice cream, cherries, orange juice, ice, vanilla extract, and pecans, and it turned out quite tasty. Try to include them into your diet a few days a week or more if you like. Pecans can be a bit pricey at the grocery stores so it may have to be a nice healthy treat here and there. They have a rich taste and are loaded with vitamins and minerals with your health in mind. Thank you for taking the time to read this article and for more on health and nutrition, please visit my profile or the links below.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you Verna for your comments. I'm happy you enjoyed this article because I love writing these kinds of hubs :)

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    Verna E MacKay 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

    Hi! I like your article. Adding nuts to our diet is of vital important because they are packed with nutrient. Thanks for the article and the reminder that we should include nuts as part of our healthy living. Nuts are great for making vegetarian burgers and loafs and I use them as part of my meat re-placer. Thanks for the article. Have a great day.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Glad this was helpful for you KBEvolve. Thank you for reading :)

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    Kenneth Brown 5 years ago from United States

    You just gave one more reason to eat more pecans.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    They can add a nice bit of variety in your eating habits. Thank you so much Lipnancy for stopping by, very appreciated :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    They are definitely one of my favorite foods, glad you enjoyed the hub Rahul. Thanks a ton bro :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Can be a bit of a hassle but well worth it ya know? Thank you so much LivingFood for reading and commenting. They are a great food and I'm glad you enjoy them as well :)

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    Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    I know the benefits of almonds, But did not know that Pecans were so good for me. Thanks for the useful information.

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    Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    Great hub my friend! I love having Pecans! Nice to know they have such benefits

    Good one Amigo!

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    LivingFood 5 years ago

    I love to eat them right out of the shell...but I hate shelling them. Thanks for sharing all the benefits. :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    They certainly do, thank you sandrabusby for stopping by and commenting :) very appreciated.

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    Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

    And they taste so good, too. Thanks for SHARING.

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Oh yeah, you gotta try them, absolutely delicious and most people agree. Thank you unknown spy :)

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    One of the best ways you can consume them, in a variety of goodness. Thank you lucybell21 :)

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Never tasted Pecans :) would love to try one.

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    Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

    I enjoy all kinds of nuts. I usually buy a cans od mixed nuts. Great hub!

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank you wwolfs for stopping by to read and comment. Pecans are delicious and I'm glad you enjoyed my hub :)

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    wwolfs 5 years ago

    Pecans and many other nuts are a great source of protein. Interesting information and health benefits. Nice hub!

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    Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

    Thank so much Claudia for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it. They are one of my all time favorite foods because of that sweet taste. Glad to hear you enjoy them as well :)

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    Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

    Hey Olde Cashmere,

    I am crazy about all types of nuts; however, I have currently developed an inclination towards pecans because they have a very nice sweetness to them. I hope this hub encourages people who don´t eat them regularly to include pecans in their diets, they make my life happier and I hope they will theirs.