Did you know that a handful of pecans -- 1 ounce of pecans or 20 pecan halves -- contain only 4 grams of carbohydrates? Pecans are also heart healthy -- almost 90 percent of the fats (oils) in pecans are unsaturated.
Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals -- including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. And, 1 ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller longer and will keep your blood sugar steady -- an important element to low-carb eating.
"Pecans can easily be incorporated into almost anyone's diet -- even those watching their weight and controlling their carbohydrate intake," noted Beth Hubrich, RD with the National Pecan Shellers Association. "And, because pecans contain mainly good fats in addition to the other vitamins and minerals, pecans also provide other health benefits."
Here are five easy ways to add more nutrient-dense pecans in your diet: