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Pecan Nuts and Keto Diet - Are They Keto-Friendly

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on August 08, 2023
Medically reviewed by Jack Yacoubian Article author photo Jack  Yacoubian

Are Pecans Keto?

Pecan nuts can be consumed in a keto diet since their carb content is not high. 

Pecans have a small amount of net carbs (only one gram per serving) and a high amount of fats, making them perfect for a Keto Diet (1).

You can also visit the Pecan Nutrition page to see the complete nutritional profile of these nuts.

One serving size of raw pecans (28.35 grams) provides:

Calories: 197

Protein: 3 grams, which is high-quality and plant-based protein.

Fat: 20 grams

Total carbs: 4 grams, of which a significant part are complex carbs, such as sucrose and starch, and a tiny part of simple carbs, such as glucose and fructose.

Fiber: 3 grams, falling in the range of the top 11% of foods as a source of fiber

Net Carbs

A standard Keto Diet recommends limiting your net carb consumption to 20g - 30g per day. Of 4g of carbs per serving, pecan provides 1.2g net carbs. The amount is allowed to be consumed in a keto diet. 

Which Pecans Are Best for the Keto Diet?

Roasted pecans

Raw pecans are the best choice; however, when it comes to roasted pecans' nutritional profile, it is essential to highlight that it is similar to raw pecans' nutritional profile so that you can consume roasted pecans on the keto diet.

Candied pecans

Candied pecans are made with white sugar, and that's why their carbs content is higher than the carb content of raw pecans.

Candied pecans have 35.3g of carbs per 100g, so it is better to avoid them on the keto diet.


Pecan nuts are a great addition to a well-balanced Keto Diet since they have a low amount of net carbs and a high amount of fats.

Just be mindful of the serving size because they contain moderate carbohydrates (1).


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: August 08, 2023
Medically reviewed by Jack Yacoubian
Data provided by should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.