We'll get to the health benefits of pecans soon, but first, here's a little history. 🕰
Pecans are the only edible nut that is native to America and they still grow wild in Texas and Georgia. Pecan trees have been successfully transplanted and grown in Mexico, Brazil, Australia and South Africa. Pecans were first harvested by the Native Americans and became a staple in their diet. Smart people. There are records of tribes trading pecans for furs, trinkets and tobacco. Oh, and both Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed pecans and planted the trees on their properties.
During the early 1900s many new settlers and wishful farmers planted tens of thousands of acres with pecan trees hoping to cash in on their popularity. 💰 Unfortunately, they did not realize that the trees require a minimum of 12 years to mature and produce pecans. While there are a few hybrid varieties of pecans, the original native pecans account for half of all nuts grown as they are more flavorful.
Now, the Health Benefits of Pecans
Pecans have been shown to:
- Reduce your risk for gallstones.
- Lower your unhealthy high levels of LDL cholesterol thanks to the pecans' antioxidants and plant sterols.
- Reduce or delay age related nerve and memory degeneration.
- Support healthy blood flow as pecans are a rich source of the essential amino acid L-arginine which the human body produces very little of.
- Attack destructive free radicals that destroy skin cells and cause wrinkles. Again, thanks to the pecans' antioxidants and plant sterols. Pecans are ranked number 15 of all foods with the highest antioxidant levels.
- Support healthy digestion as one ounce of pecans (about 16-20 pecan halves) provides 10% of your total dietary fiber requirement.
Pecans are a high-quality source of protein, healthy fatty acids, and dietary fiber that can help keep stay energized. Pecans are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which work together to help lower your blood pressure. Pecans are so healthy that they have been certified as a “Heart-Healthy Food” by the American Heart Association!
Great, how and where can I use them?
Pecans are tasty, nutritious, and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. While you may associate pecans with sweets and desserts (like pecan pie), a healthier option would be to enjoy them raw, straight from their shell. To really enjoy the flavor of pecans you should try them toasted as toasting pecans brings out their best flavor.
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