Health Benefits Of Pecans – Over 7 Reasons To Enjoy Pecans

Natural Society March 11 2013

Known as one of the most popular tree nuts around, pecans come from a large deciduous tree native to North America and Mexico. The nut can be found in hundreds of different varieties, and can be enjoyed fresh, roasted, or added in various recipes . Best of all, the health benefits of pecans can be experienced all year round.

Nutritional Content of Pecans

Composed predominantly of fat – with a fat content of 70+ percent – pecans contain more fat than just about any other nut. But don’t let fat content fool you; these large, buttery flavored nuts are rich in numerous vitamins and minerals known for promoting various aspects of health. Below I have outlined some of the most prominent nutrients found in pecans. The figures are based on a 1 ounce serving (28 grams) of pecans.

  • Fiber – 2.7 grams. 11% RDA.
  • Manganese – 1.3 milligrams. 64% RDA.
  • Copper – 0.3 milligrams. 17% RDA.
  • Thiamin – 0.2 milligrams. 12% RDA.
  • Magnesium – 34.2 milligrams. 9% RDA.
  • Phosphorus – 78.2 milligrams. 8% RDA.
  • Iron – 0.7 milligrams. 4% RDA.
  • Protein – 2.6 grams. 5% RDA.
  • Fatty Acids, Total Polyunsaturated – 6.128 grams.
  • Carotene-ß – 29 µg.
  • Crypto-xanthin-ß – 9 µg.
  • Lutein-zeaxanthin – 17 µg.

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