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Pecan, Carya illioinensis / Juglandaceaae
Benefits for the health
As other dry fruits, the pecan nut has a high energetic value supplying 700kcal/100g and it is an important source of fatty acids, both monounsaturated as polyunsaturated, helping to reduce the levels of cholesterol in the blood. They also provide proteins of excellent biological quality, so they are a good complement for vegetarians.

The pecan nut is rich in many vitamins, being the greatest amounts of vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin K and vitamin E. The latter has an antioxidant effect in the organism.

It also contains minerals like potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. Besides, it supplies other micronutrients among which stand out the phytochemical compounds.

A problem that affects dry fruits in general is the allergy that some especially sensitive people have to them. Nevertheless, for those who are not affected by them, nuts are part of a healthy and balanced diet. An important research project shows that people who consumed at least 150g of dry fruits a week suffered 1/3 less heart attacks than those who rarely or never consumed them.
Popular tradition
The consumption of pecan nuts is especially recommended for people who make great physical efforts, like sportspeople, thanks to the levels of potassium. The magnesium protects from stress and it takes care of the skin. Moreover, it is very useful for pregnant women, children and adolescents, and in general it is beneficial for the health of everybody.
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