Seeds and Cereals

Health Benefits of Pecan Nut

The pecan nut is native to North America and Mexico and has a golden brown shell on the outside and lighter on the inside.

This hard-shelled fruit has a sweet taste and a high level of monounsaturated oil. It is worth mentioning that the pecan nut has a higher fat content than all walnuts, that is, 70%.


The tree comes from the south of the United States of America and was introduced in Brazil by North American immigrants who came to the country around 1866.

It is a large fruit tree that has a good development in temperate climate regions. It is considered a tree suitable for growing in a large garden, however it takes considerable time to grow.

From this type of tree we can take advantage of the wood, which is considered to be of excellent quality, in addition to being used in the manufacture of furniture. Nuts are used by squirrels.

Pecan walnut has medicinal properties, such as an antioxidant, reduces cholesterol levels, works as a nutrient, detoxifies, aids in the healing process and is a diuretic.


In view of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the pecan nut is an essential food on the menu of those who care about quality of life and well-being.

Pecan nut contains eleven types of essential vitamins for the body. Although it is very caloric, this type of nut helps in weight maintenance, as its essence is used by the body in metabolic processes and generates energy.

A portion equivalent to thirty grams of pecan nut has about:

– 195 calories

– 4.0 calories

– 2.5 grams of protein

– 20 grams of fat

– 2.7 grams of fiber

– 115 milligrams of potassium

– 78 milligrams of phosphorus


See below the various benefits that this type of nut can bring to your daily life:

  1. Helps in heart health

The antioxidant properties are one of the responsible for the benefits of nuts for a healthier heart. Furthermore, walnuts are popularly known to lower blood pressure in non-diabetic patients, which considerably reduces heart health problems.

  1. Helps bone health

Manganese, copper and zinc, together with other nutrients, are highly used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Researches show that, in addition to the pecan nut including these nutrients, its consumption increases bone density.

  1. Reduces PMS symptoms

Manganese, which is also found in pecan nut, helps reduce PMS symptoms such as cramps and mood swings, for example. When consumed together with calcium, the mineral enhances the benefits and has positive impacts on PMS symptoms.

  1. Improves eye health

It is known that the vitamin E present in pecan nut is essential to reduce the risks related to the development of cataracts and maintain eye health.

Immediately stop consuming the nut in the event of an allergic reaction. If you don’t feel anything, enjoy the benefits of the diet’s nut.


Continued consumption of this tea can help to deflate, which in turn will eliminate excess fluid, hence weight loss. In addition, it helps to eliminate residues in the blood lodged due to a poor diet, such as saturated fat, for example.

Still in this perspective, pecan tea helps reduce bad cholesterol, as it dissolves fatty plaques. For people who suffer from digestive tract problems, this tea can help with constipation.

It is essential to note that pecan tea will not work miracles. It is necessary to adopt a balanced diet and practice physical activities regularly.


There are little-known types of oil that add health to the Brazilian table. One of them is pecan oil, which contains 30% less saturated fat in its composition than olive oil.

It is known that once saturated fat is replaced by unsaturated fat, cardiovascular problems are reduced by 20%.

Still in this perspective, 70% of the fatty acids included in this oil are omega-9. That means it lowers bad cholesterol levels, LDL, and raises HDL, good cholesterol.


This type of walnut comes from the Australian continent, which has adapted very well to the Brazilian ecology.

The macadamia nut tree differs from the pecan in its round shape. These fruits are born like a bunch of grapes and are wrapped in a rigid husk, difficult to break. To harvest this fruit, it must be ripe and fall to the ground.

Among the group, it is the one with the lowest concentration of proteins and carbohydrates and the highest fat content. Therefore, it is one of the best options for people who are dieting low in protein and carbohydrates.


It is known that the almond tree is one of the oldest cultivated. Its maturity period is reached from the eighth year of age and its estimated life is fifty years.

The name of the fruit of this tree is almond , which can be consumed pure or used as ingredients in desserts and meals.

Almonds can be used in the manufacture of oil, which is widely used in pharmacies. It is worth mentioning that the residues of this oil are poisonous, therefore, they should not be used as food for raising cattle, for example.

The seed can be sweet, little or very bitter. It is a food that, in addition to having excellent nutritional value, reduces the effects of cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attacks.


In order to be successful in planting, bare root seedlings should be planted in the coldest months. As for the packaged ones, they can be planted at any time of the year.

A pecan tree needs, on average, one hundred square meters to develop. Seedlings cost, on average, R$ 35.00.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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