Established in the 1930s
Delicious, with a buttery yet rich-flavored pecans are one of the popular edible tree nuts known to America. They’re enriched with many health benefiting minerals, nutrients and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Pecan is a large sized deciduous tree belonging to the member of the hickory family, Juglandaceae. The tree is native to central and southern parts of the United States of America.
- A rich source of energy, carry 690 calories/100 g and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
- Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that a diet, which is rich in dietary fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants would help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
- The nuts are also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
- Pecan nuts are a rich source of many phytochemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help the body remove toxi oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections.
- Anti-proliferative properties of ellagic acid are because of its ability to inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens such as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, thus, offering protection to the human body from cancers.
- The nuts are very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism inside the human body.
- Pecans are excellent sources of vitamin-E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; provide about 25 g per 100 g. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.