Pecan vs Almond - Health impact and Nutrition Comparison
Pecan is higher in carbs, richer in polyunsaturated (omega-3 omega-6), and monounsaturated fats. It is richer in zinc, copper, and vitamins B1, B5, B6, and K. Almond is a more expensive nut. It is richer in fibers, proteins, minerals, and vitamins B2, B3, and E.
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Almonds are thought to have originated in Western Asia and minor Asian territories. The almond tree has been domesticated in the region from the early bronze era (3000 BC). They can be ground into flour, processed into milk, spread, or eaten raw or roasted.
On the other hand, Pecan is native to the North American continent. They are widely found in Georgia, Texas, New Mexico. They can be used and processed into different food products such as milk flour, and they can be eaten raw or roasted.
In this article, we will discuss the difference between pecan and almond when it comes to different variables. These differences are according to their generalities, nutritional content, and health impacts.
The general difference between pecan and almond is their price and culinary usage.
Approximate pricing of pecan and almond lists pecan as a cheaper nut than almonds. Almond is nearly twice as more expensive as pecan.
It is important to mention that these nuts can be made into non-dairy milk. One of the most common non-dairy milk is almond. However, pecan milk can also be found in the market.
Almond and pecan have a wide culinary usage. Pecans are used to make pies and baked sweets, and almond is also used in dessert making. It is widespread to use almonds as a base filler in middle eastern sweets.
Almond flour is also famously used in the keto diet because it is low in carbs compared to wheat flour.
In addition to that, almond and pecan milk are good alternative non-dairy milk for vegans to consume.
Nutritional content comparison
Pecan is higher in calories than almonds and overall both are high in calories.
Although pecan is higher in calories, almonds contain higher amounts of carbs than pecan. Almond contains 1.5 times more carbs than pecan.
Both foods are rich in fibers; however, when comparing them together, we can clearly say that almonds are richer in fibers than pecan. Again, it is a similar ratio to carbs, approximately 1.3 times more fibers than pecan.
The glycemic index of almonds is 0, which is lower than that of pecan, which has a glycemic index equal to 10. It is important to note that the glycemic index of pecan is considered low.
Almonds contain much higher amounts of proteins compared to pecan.
Almond is richer in proteins by 2.2 times more than pecan.
The highest macronutrient in both these foods is the amount of fat distributed among them. Pecan is higher in fats 72g out of 100g in pecan is made up of fats. On the other hand, when it comes to almonds, 50g out of 100g is fat.
We can say 72% of pecan is fat, and 50% of almonds is fat.
It is essential to discuss fat distribution among these foods as they are the highest composition.
The amount of fat present is distributed among almond and pecan among saturated and unsaturated fats. However, these fats are mainly distributed among unsaturated fats. The highest ratio is polyunsaturated fats. By default, pecan contains more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats because it contains an additional 22g of total fats compared to almond.
Pecans are richer in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Almond is richer in calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and potassium. On the other hand, pecan is richer in zinc and copper.
Below we can see the chart that displays the distribution of these minerals and shows how much of the RDV of each mineral are satisfied for each nut.
Pecan is richer in vitamins B1, B5, B6, and K. On the other hand, almond is richer in vitamins B2, B3, and E.
In the below chart, we can see the vitamin distribution for each for and their RDV satisfaction for each vitamin.
Almonds and pecan, or nuts in general, have long been thought to contribute to weight gain. Science, on the other hand, has decided that this is a false assertion based on its studies on the issue. They are high in calories because they are heavy in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as healthy fats, and play a beneficial function in digestion and metabolism. (1)
Almonds consumption can help to decrease blood cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 20%. This will result in a myocardial infarction, often known as a heart attack if left untreated and unmonitored.
Another effect is on the body's vasculature. Almonds should be consumed at least five times a week to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). (2)
Like almonds, pecans have cardioprotective properties. They lower cardiac disease markers such as hyperlipidemia and high cholesterol levels and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disorders. (3)
The incorporation of almonds in the diet of a diabetic patient has been shown to improve insulin levels, glycemic control, and adipose levels. Overall if these are controlled with proper medication, there will be very low risks of complication development in the long-term management of diabetes. (4)
Flavonoids and phenolic compounds present in pecan have anti-diabetic properties, lowering overall blood glucose levels and providing glycemic control. In addition to this property, it contains anti-oxidant characteristics. (5)
Pecan extract has been shown to have anticarcinogenic effects on breast cancer cell lines. (6)
Similar to pecan, almonds have a protective role targeted towards breast cancer cell lines. (7)
Comparison summary table
|Lower in Sugar|
|Lower in Sodium|
|Lower in Saturated Fat|
|Lower in glycemic index|
|Lower in price|
|Rich in minerals|
|Lower in Cholesterol||Equal|
|Rich in vitamins||Equal|
All nutrients comparison - raw data values
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|Low Carbs diet|
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