Pecans are the top nut and are among the top foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. This means pecans may help decrease the risk of cancer, neurological diseases and coronary heart disease.
Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, zinc, magnesium and potassium.
One ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily value for fiber, and provide a natural source of high-quality protein.
Pecans are cholesterol free, gluten free and naturally sodium free.
Research from Loma Linda University shows adding a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help prevent coronary heart disease by inhabiting unwanted oxidation of blood lipids.
Nearly 60% of the fats in pecans are monounsaturated and 30% are polyunsaturated. These LDL or "good" fats have been shown to possibly reduce total cholesterol levels or "bad" cholesterol levels in those who add pecans to their diet. Pecans also contain no trans fats.