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Nutrition & Health Benefits

In June 2004, clinical research found that pecans rank highest among all nuts and are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. Antioxidants are dietary substances that can delay aging and decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Clinical research has also found that a pecan-enriched diet can lower cholesterol levels by 11.3, and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels by 16.5. Other research has suggested that nuts, like pecans, can aid in weight loss by increasing metabolic rates and enhancing satiety. Pecans have over 19 vitamins and minerals, and just one ounce contains 10% of the recommended daily dalue for fiber. They contain no cholesterol and are also a great source of protein.

Health claim

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now allows pecans to carry the following health claim:

“Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Nutritional Analysis of Pecans (per 100 gram sample)


Calories 710.0

Calories from Fat 630.0

Total Fat 70.0 g

Saturated Fat 6.7g

Cholesterol 0

Sodium 0

Carbohydrates 13.3

Dietary Fiber 6.7g

Sugars 3.3 g

Protein 10.0 g

Vitamin A 130.0 IU

Vitamin C 2.0 mg

Thiamin 0.9 mg

Riboflavin 0.1 mg

Niacin 0.9 mg

Calcium 73.0 mg

Iron 2.4 mg

Potassium 603.0 mg

Magnesium 142.0 mg

Phosphorus 189.0 mg


Fatty Acid Composition

Saturated 9.6%

14:0 Myristic Acid 1.4%

15:0 0.3%

16:0 Palmitic Acid 5.1%

17:0 Margaric Acid 0.4%

18:0 Stearic Acid 1.9%

20:0 Arachidic Acid 0.5%

Monounsaturated 56.0%

16:1 Palmitoleic Acid 0.6%

17:1 0.4%

18:1 Oleic Acid 54.2%

20:1 Eicosenoic Acid 0.8%

Polyunsaturated 34.4%

18:2 Linoleic Acid 32.2%

18:3 Linolenic Acid 2.2%

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