The pecan is a classic, favorite American snack, and for good reason. It’s a 100% domestic product, so when you enjoy the great taste of pecans, you’re also supporting American business. But beyond doing your patriotic or economic duty, it’s just a good idea to eat pecans. One of the best ways to do so is naturally grabbing some raw pecans, in the shell, and enjoying them in their most natural form.
But why is this the case? Here are a few of the reasons why pecans are an excellent choice and why when you buy pecans in shells, it’s a better idea.
A Convenient Snack
Like other nuts, pecans, while tasty, can also be good for you. Pecans are 100% natural, grown in the southern United States in places like Natchitoches, Louisiana, in the warmth of southern air and sun. Pecans are not even imported plants, they are flora that is native to North America, and were here even before the first colonists arrived, enjoyed by the Native Americans who were here before us.
Pecans combine a variety of different benefits into one convenient package. Because they are considered “dry goods,” especially for pecans in shells, this means that they are easy to move and store. They don’t require refrigeration or any other special storage considerations, and they are durable, thanks to the natural protection the shell provides.
Nutritious For You
However, pecans in shells have the great benefit of being a snack that can improve your health. Even though pecans taste delicious, they also are rich in polyunsaturated fats. While many people consider fat to be bad and only adds on unwanted pounds, this type of fat is actually good for you! Polyunsaturated fats can lower cholesterol, and even help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
In addition, because these are natural snacks, with no processing involved, they are also lower in calories, sugar and have no artificial ingredients. This is the kind of snack anyone can safely eat, full of flavor and benefits. When pecans are available, it’s always a good choice.
The Raw Benefit
Pecans in shells, however, have the edge over slightly more processed variations. Roasted nuts, for example, are a popular choice for many. The roasting process tends to boost the flavor of a nut, making it even richer. However, the roasting process can have a small but measurable negative effect on a nut’s nutritional value.
The longer a nut is roasted, the higher the chance that components such as the polyunsaturated fats may become damaged or oxidized. This doesn’t render the nutritional value of a roasted nut null and void, but it does mean that compared to the raw counterpart, roasted nuts may sacrifice some nutritional value for flavor.
Get Your Pecans Today
So if you’d like to get a nutritious, delicious snack that tastes good and is good for you, buy pecans in shells. The Little Eva Company is ready to serve you at our physical location in Louisiana, or through online ordering anywhere in the USA!