Pecans are healthy nuts, as they are extremely high in antioxidants. They are used in many vegan, vegetarian, and keto diets as a good source of protein.
Surprisingly, the pecan nut rates in the top 15 foods list by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It has the richest source of nutrients (vitamin E) and minerals (manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, and selenium). Pecans are high in healthy fatty acids.
An unbelievable 80% of US-grown pecans supply the whole world. Pecans are a tree nut, native to North America, and received its name from the Algonquian Native American tribe, meaning “nut too hard to crack by hand”. Read on to learn eight reason why pecans are a good food.
8. Boosts the Immune System
The nutrients in pecans help with nerve conduction, help cells fight infection, and assist the immune system. It is beneficial for anti-aging and contains ellagic acid, which can reduce some cancers.
7. Controls Cardiovascular Disease
Pecans are high in monosaturated fatty acids which are good for heart health. It helps decrease your low-density lipids (LDL), or bad cholesterol ratio, and increase your high-density lipids (HDL), or good cholesterol ratio, which then lowers your risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.