Full of Good Fat, Low in Insulin
Pecans in the shell have the best of both worlds for maintaining fat-burning as encouraged by the Keto diet. Almost 70% of a pecan nut is made of fat—thus its buttery smooth texture and flavor. Despite this, the pecan helps reduce insulin levels. Insulin is the hormone that promotes fat storage in the body. Since Keto promotes fat burning, low insulin levels make this kind of diet even more effective.
Low in Carbohydrates
Most nuts have low carbohydrate content—but of course, not all nuts are made equal. This is where eating pecans in the shell can give you an edge. If all the nuts that are commonly eaten, pecans have the lowest carbohydrate count. It only weighs in at 1.1 grams of carbohydrates for a 1 oz. portion. That’s far lower than hazelnut, which clocks in at 2.3g, almonds at 2.9g, and pistachios at a whopping 5.8g. Pecan ranks as one of the best nuts for a low-carb Keto diet, as it helps you maintain a fat burning state. Just make sure to watch your portions. An ounce of pecans is roughly 15 to 16 pieces, so try to stick with that number.
Generally Great for Weight Loss
Fifteen to 16 pieces of pecans may not mean much, but they are surprisingly filling. Even those who are not following a Keto diet note that pecans work great as snacks when trying to lose weight Pecans are full of oleic acid, which makes you feel full even with just a few small servings. An added bonus is that the pecan’s distinct flavor can solve cravings in a healthier manner. Instead of reaching for sodium-packed peanuts, swap in pecans in the shell for a more flavorful and filling bite. Natchitoches Pecans has a wide range of pecan offers, from easy-to-open shelled pecans to candied variants. Best of all, each pecan is grown with history and care within its 400-acre pecan orchard.