April 14 is National Pecan Day! Before you celebrate with our favorite pecan recipes, here are a few – 13, in fact – reasons to chow down on these nutritional nuts:
Pecan Health Benefits, in a Nutshell
- One ounce of pecans (about 20 halves) contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals.
- Ranking highest among all nuts, they are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity.
- Thanks to these antioxidants, including vitamin E, pecans help lower cholesterol.
- Emerging research shows that pecans can help with weight control efforts.
- Eating just a handful of pecans each day may protect your nervous system against neurological diseases such as ALS.
- Yes, pecans contain fats – but it’s good, heart-healthy fats like oleic acid that help prevent heart disease.
- Unsalted pecans have no sodium or cholesterol.
- Pecans are a good source of protein.
- They provide 10 percent of the recommended daily value for dietary fiber with 2.7 grams in a 1-ounce serving.
- Pecans contain no trans fat.
- These nuts are a good source of vitamin A, which helps vision and bone growth.
- The antioxidants found in pecans may also help fight cancer.
- Pecans could improve your love life by providing zinc, which helps produce testosterone.
13 Pecan Recipes
Pecans for Breakfast
- Sweet Potato Casserole Biscuits
- Cinnamon-Cranberry Granola
- Pecan-Pumpkin Bread
Pecan Snacks, Salads and Side Dishes
- Hot Shot Cherries and Nuts Snack Mix
- Apple Pecan Cherry Salad
- Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash
Pecans and Chocolate
- Caramel Chocolate Turtle Pretzels
- Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters
- Turtle Brownies
More Pecan Desserts
- Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream
- Easy Cherry Fruit Pie
- Butter Brickle Bread
- Apple Gingerbread