/ Crunchy Pecan Butter – from Nutural World
Both the Smooth and the Crunchy varieties are made of 100% highest quality pecan nuts – and nothing else. The nuts were lightly toasted and stone
milled to a fine paste. They differ in texture only. While the Smooth contains just the paste of grounded pecan nuts, the Crunchy is mixed with bits of broken pecans, adding highly palatable “crunchiness” to the taste. Each jar contains 170g.
While all the nut butters from Nutural World taste great, the Pecan Butter
is particularly alluring. The aroma of the lightly roasted pecan nuts
is just irresistible and the surprisingly sweet taste – without
any additives what so ever – is amazing. Nutural World Pecan Butter is
made of 100% pecan nuts – no sugar, no salt, no emulsifiers and
no flavoring – just nuts. The creamy taste of the smooth variety is so
good you can just spoon some straight from the jar. The crunchy variety
is an absolute delight as a spread on toast or cracker.
Pecan Butter can
also be used as an ingredient in savory dishes or salad dressing. Both
varieties can be used to enhance stir fries and oriental dishes such as
Thai chicken and Chicken Satay. For deserts and sweet treats, Pecan Butter has
a respectable range of uses as a main ingredient in baking cakes,
cookies, fudges and such like. The use is really only bound by your
Wikipedia states the following health benefits of Pecans:
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.A
diet rich in seeds 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.
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. Research conducted at the University
of Georgia has also confirmed that pecans contain plant sterols, which
are known for their cholesterol-lowering ability. Pecans may also play a
role in neurological health. Eating pecans daily may delay age-related
muscle nerve degeneration, according to a study conducted at the
University of Massachusetts and published in Current Topics in
Another online source claims the following benefits associated with eating
- Pecan nuts are rich
source of energy, provide 690 calories/100 g and contain health
benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are
essential for wellness.
- The nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or
“good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that
Mediterranean diet, which is rich in dietary-fiber, mono-unsaturated
fatty acids, and antioxidants would help to prevent coronary artery
disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
- Pecan nuts are rich
source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their
overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid,
vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. Research studies have
been suggestive of that these compounds help the body remove toxic
oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers,
as well as infections.
- Anti-proliferative properties of ellagic acid are
because of its ability to inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens
such as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; thus
protecting the human body from cancers.
- Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E,
especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; provide about 25 g per100 g.
Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for
maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin
by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- The nuts are very rich
sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as
riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism
inside the human body.
- The nuts are also rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
hand full of pecan nuts every day in the diet to keep your diet meter
complete with sufficient levels of minerals, vitamins and protein.
The table below shows the high level breakdown of nutritional elements in just 20g of pecan butter:
Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 124
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be
higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutritional Data by SkipThePie.org
of the calories (124 out of 142) are derived from the fat content. The
good news is that the vast majority of that fat is of the GOOD variety! The chart below shows the proportion of good fats (green) in pecan nuts in relation to bad fats (in red). Read more about each type of fat and fatty acid below.
chart below shows good fats in Nuts, pecans, dry roasted, without salt
added in relation to bad fats. Read side bar for more information about
each type of fat and fatty acid.
Polyunsaturated Fats: Polyunsaturated
fat can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish, algae, leafy greens, and
krill. Whole food sources are always best, as processing and heating may
damage polyunsaturated fats.
Monounsaturated Fats: Foods
containing monounsaturated fats reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, while
possibly increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. [“You Can Control Your
Cholesterol: A Guide to Low-Cholesterol Living”. Merck & Co. Inc.]
Trans Fatty Acids: The
National Academy of Sciences has concluded there is no safe level of
trans fat consumption. This is because any incremental increase in trans
fat intake increases the risk of coronary heart disease. [Dietary
Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids,
Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients). National
Academies Press. p. 504]
Saturated Fats: Consumption of saturated fat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in the view of the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the American Heart Association, the British Heart Foundation, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand and the World Heart Federation.
Vitamins and Minerals
As noted above, Pecan Butter contains
high concentrations of vital vitamins and minerals. See details below,
along with the percentage of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of each,
provided by just 20g of Pecan Butter:
Serving Size: 20g or 0.7oz
Vitamin B12, Added
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
Vitamin E (Alpha-tocopherol)
Vitamin E, Added
3.2 mcg DFE