What's Pecan? Is it good for health?
The Brief Introduction of Pecans :：
Pecan also known as a longevity fruit, is under the Carya Genus in the Juglandaceae Family. We call it “Pecan” or “Hickory”. It is one of top ten nuts in the world. The shape of pecans is long and oval, it can be divided into different classes according to its shape of the tip or the oval size: large, medium and small. Pecan is native to the United States and the northern Mexico, the flowering period is from April to May, and the harvesting period is from July to November. Pecan can be eaten in raw or fried, but also can be used for a variety of delicious desserts.
The Nutrition Content of Pecans:：
- Pecans are extremely rich in nutrients, in addition to containing 40 to 50% fat, but also are rich in protein, carotene, crude fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin C, B1, B2, E and so on.
- The main components of the fat in pecans are linoleic acid glycerides which do not increase the cholesterol level in the body after eating, but to reduce the intestinal absorption of cholesterol. These fats also supply the needs for the brain matrix.
- Pecans contain zinc and manganese which are essential components of the pituitary gland. Eating frequently to provide nutritional supplement to the brain and it is beneficial to the brain function.
The Beneficial Effects of Pecans:：
- Medicinal value of pecans: it is good for the kidney, skin, beard and hair. Pecans are rich in protein, amino acids, vitamins, has a high nutritional value and effects to strengthening the brain, and lowering the blood lipids. For people who are suffering the neurasthenia and insomnia, it is suggested to take a few pecans daily in the morning and the evening, that might be good to relief the symptoms.
- Pecans can strengthen the brain and intelligence: it is very suitable for the intellectual workers to consume, especially the white-collar women, because these people tend to use brain so often, eating walnuts can nourish the brain, improve memory and enhance the brain.
Precaution for Pecan Consumption:
- The energy of pecans is relatively high, there are 670 kilocalories per 100 grams of nuts, that is twice the energy generated by the same weight of rice, so you will get fat if excess amount of nuts are consumed. Nutrition experts suggest a consumption of about five whole nuts per day.
- Preservation methods, pecans should be placed in a sealed container after opening, the best way is to keep in the refrigerator to preserve the freshness of nuts.