Nutritional Benefits of Pecans

pecan nutritional info

 

  • pecans are in the top 15 foods known for their antioxidant activity, according to the USDA
  • contain vitamin E, which may play a role in coronary heart disease prevention
  • betacarotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin in pecans help rid the body of harmful free radicals, protecting it from disease, cancer, and infection
  • contain manganese (245% of daily value per serving), which is good for your heart
  • contain 65% of the daily value for copper, critical for energy production in  your cells
  • contains 33% each in magnesium (helping to maintain a healthy immune system, nerve function, heart rhythm, and muscle and bone strength) and zinc (for optimal immune function, protein synthesis, DNA synthesis, cell division, and wound healing)
  • one serving of pecans offers a 48% daily value of thiamin (helps cells convert carbohydrates into energy and aids in heart, muscle, and nervous system function)
  • offers 42% of the daily value in fiber
  • provides 20% of protein in one serving
  • of the 78 grams of total fat, 7 are saturated
  • pecans have fatty acids like oleic acid that  your body needs
  • assist in weight control

 

This information was found at Dr. Joseph Mercola’s website.  You can read more about the health benefits of pecans by following this link to his website:  http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html

 

 

 

 

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