Pecan Health Benefits

Pecan Calories, Nutrition and Cholesterol

Schermer Pecan Company is proud to produce pecans not only because of their high quality and freshness, but also because they are so good for you!

The health benefits of pecans are now very well documented by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Research shows that eating a handful of pecans each day may be as effective at lowering LDL "bad" cholesterol as prescription medication. The FDA now allows pecans to carry the following health claim: "Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease." More and more people are waking up to the health benefits of pecans - try some of our delicious pecan recipes using pecan nuts or buy them ready-made: chocolate pecans, glazed pecans, or caramelized pecans. These pecan nuts are also great as gifts - look through some of our fancy pecan gift sets to give them to your loved ones.

Pecans Nutrition

Some people are concerned about the amount of fat in pecans - don't be alarmed. Nutritionists say this is "good fat" or heart-healthy, unsaturated fat.

Pecans are loaded with antioxidants, which are nutrients that delay aging and decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's. These are not the only health benefits. The latest research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that pecans are the most antioxidant rich tree nut and are among the top 15 foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. So you need not worry about your health when it comes to eating pecans.

Pecans Cholesterol

Unsaturated fat can have a protective effect by lowering total blood cholesterol and preserving HDL (high-density lipoproteins) or the "good" cholesterol to help fight heart disease. Pecans contain no cholesterol and no trans fat.

Pecan Calories

There are 196 calories in 1 ounce (20 halves) of Pecan Nuts.
Calorie breakdown: 87% fat, 8% carbs, 5% protein.

Pecan Oil

There's another benefit to eating pecans - you get a healthy dose of pecan oil with each pecan.

Pecan oil contains 9.5% of saturated fat, which is lower than half the amount that is present in olive oil, peanut oil or corn oil.

Pecan oil is also a great oil for massages.

Pecans are not only good - they are good for you!

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