Our Pecans 101 is everything you need to know about pecans. From nutrition, health benefits, and how to use pecans!
Pecans (Carya illinoinensis) is a species of hickory native to northern Mexico and the southern United States in the region of the Mississippi River. (1) When autumn approaches, Americans begin not only the traditional pecan harvest, but also look forward to the iconic pecan pie feasts during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fun fact: Did you know pecan is a state symbol to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Oklahoma, and Texas? We didn’t either!
1 Ounce (28 grams) of raw unroasted pecans contains:
- Fiber: 2.7 grams
- Protein: 2.5 grams
- Fat: 20.5 grams
- Carbs: 4 grams
Benefits of Pecans
- High in antioxidants such as vitamin E.
- Rich in manganese which helps boost the immune system.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Significantly reduced the risk of heart disease.
- May aid in weight loss.
- Help support your gut health.
- Boost brain health.
- Has anti-cancer properties.
- Excellent source of L-arginine for hair growth.
- Great source of fiber and protein.
- Helps prevent blood sugar spikes.
What you can make with Pecans
- Nut Butter
- Nut Milk
- Nut/Granola Bars
- Candied Nuts
- Baked Goods
- Garnishing for salads, yogurts, and etc.