Glazed Pecans


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Pecans Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) Energy 690 kcal 2890 kJ Carbohydrates 14 g - Dietary fiber 10 g Fat 72 g - saturated 6 g - monounsaturated 41 g - polyunsaturated 22 g Protein 9 g The pecan (Carya illinoinensis or illinoensis) is a species of hickory, native to south-central North America, in Mexico from Coahuila south to Jalisco and Veracruz,in the United States from southern Iowa, Illinois and Indiana east to western Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and western Tennessee, south through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas "Pecan" is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack.It is pronounced in various parts of the US as pi-KAHN, pi-KAN, or PEE-kan.Pecans are a good source of protein and unsaturated fats. Like walnuts (which pecans resemble), pecans are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, although pecans contain about half as much omega-6 as walnuts. Pecans contain much less omega-3 fatty acid than walnuts. A diet rich in nuts can lower the risk of gallstones in women.The antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans reduce high cholesterol by reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. Clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition (September 2001) found that eating about a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels similar to what is often seen with cholesterol-lowering medications.[15] Research conducted at the University of Georgia has also confirmed that pecans contain plant sterols, which are known for their cholesterol-lowering ability. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged this and related research and approved the following qualified 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."
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