Pecans are no longer just for pie. Meet our line of all-natural, clean (and delicious might we add!) pecan snacks.
Loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats and nutrients, our pecan products keep it real. Real ingredients, real fresh, real pure. We source our pecans directly from local growers to bring you the freshest, most delicious line of nut butter and grain-free granola. Purely Pecans Pecan Butter has been Certified Paleo and PaleoVegan by the Paleo Foundation.
About the Brand
Trust us – if you love pecans, is the guy you want making your pecan butter. Working in his father’s pecan processing plant since age 12, growing up in the industry has definitely had its perks. Aside from having unlimited access to free pecans (score!), Jeff’s lifelong love affair with this antioxidant-loaded tree nut means he knows everything there is to know about pecans. So who better to do what’s never been done before, and craft quality-sourced raw pecans into the smoothest, purest nut butter the world has ever seen? Enter: Purely Pecans.
If you look up go-getter in the dictionary, there will most definitely be a picture of Jeff, and he’ll probably be doing something really cool, like flying a plane, or skydiving, or swimming with Great Whites, or surfing on the wake of a ski boat with a small child perched on his shoulders (all true stories). If Jeff wants something, he doesn’t wait for someone to hand it to him. Nope, he goes out and gets it. So when he saw a giant hole in the nut-butter market, he filled it.
What are the Health Benefits of Pecans vs. Other Tree Nuts?
If there is any tree nut that deserves the title of being truly American, it would be the pecan. Pecan trees are native to the United States and since they can live and bear their fruit for nearly three hundred years, it’s certain they were a favorite protein source for not only Native Americans, but early European settlers as well. Here’s a great water fountain nugget of knowledge – pecans are not truly nuts, rather, they are a drupe fruit. A drupe is a fleshy fruit with a central stone which contains a seed. Walnuts, almonds, peaches, plums and cherries are also drupes. A true nut is a hard shelled pod that holds both the fruit and the seed of the plant, such as chestnuts, acorns and hazelnuts. Yet aside from peanuts, all nuts are generally referred to as tree nuts.
What is the FMO for Pecans and What Does it Mean for Consumers?
The Federal Marketing Order (FMO) is a program that is put together through the USDA to help an industry raise funds from within the industry to market the product to the domestic market. The FMO for pecans helps us: Gather research (with the help of universities), Work together on regulations with FDA Produce commercials with nutritional research data found through the studies (think the “Got Milk” campaigns of the 90’s). The FMO is now officially in tact. It’s in process of electing a board from across the US. The FMO allows the opportunity to give industry and consumer reports into what is actually happening (statistically) within the pecan industry. We will be able to gather and show crop projections, holdings (inventory), etc. to help predict markets. Until the FMO, individual entities provided monetary donations for marketing pecans. Now farmers pay assessments per pound they produce.
Do Pecans Help Lower Your Cholesterol?
31% of American adults have high cholesterol. Advances in science, namely the use of medicines like Lipitor, have helped reduce bad cholesterol for millions of Americans, but it is still a problem that affects a large portion of our population. We have discussed some of the health benefits of pecans, but how does eating pecans directly affect your cholesterol levels? In the book Health Benefits of Pecans (James L. Hargrove, PhD, et. al.), the authors discuss the benefits of pecans to people with high cholesterol. The authors reviewed a study at Loma Linda University which “evaluated the effect of pecan consumption on cholesterol in people following a Step 1 cholesterol-lowering diet that had been proposed by an expert panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program.” The findings? “The main result of the Loma Linda study was that a pecan-enriched diet significantly lowered total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and TG (triglycerides) while increasing HDL-cholesterol. These changes are all consistent with better heart health. Strikingly, the lipid profile was improved even compared to the Step 1 diet that is intended to improve heart health! Adding pecans improved blood lipids even though total fat intake increased. Despite the increase in fat intake, subjects eating pecans did not gain significant body weight.” For reference, LDL is low-density lipoprotein, commonly referred to as “bad cholesterol” (vs. high-density lipoprotein, which is considered “good”). This is just one of the many health benefits of adding pecans to your daily diet.
What are the 3 Major Health Benefits of Pecans?
One: Weight Loss Studies have shown that even though pecans are 70 percent monounsaturated fat (the good kind of fat), the rich buttery nut gives a feeling of satiety. Two: Skin Benefits A healthy pretty complexion is no accident. Three: Hair or No Hair An iron deficiency can do a lot of damage to the body, mainly causing anemia. Anemia causes hair loss. Pecans are loaded with iron which will grow hair on heads that are losing it.
What Is “Healthy,” Really?
When most people think about pecans, they think about sweets and desserts. Not many think about pecans from a health standpoint or a snacking standpoint, like you think of almonds. Almond producers have done a great job marketing it as a healthy snack. In reality, pecans are a healthy snack too. Pecans have more antioxidants than any other tree nut, and they’re full of “good fat.” The common misconception is that fat is bad, but some fat is really good for you. Food Labels Don’t Tell the Whole Story As American consumers, we have been trained to look at the label and think that because something is high in fat it means love handles. We have to retrain the way our brains interpret these labels. The fact is, fat with a balanced diet, is energy.
PECAN CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREAD BARS
Decadent chocolate shortbread bars are hard to beat.
OATMEAL RAISIN PECAN COOKIES
Oatmeal? Raisin? Pecans? Say less.
SALTED PECAN PIE BITES
Sometimes the best things are bite sized.
DARK CHOCOLATE PECAN BARS
Nobody forgot about dark chocolate lovers in this recipe.
STRAWBERRY PECAN MUDDY BUDDIES
Who knew strawberries and pecans went so well together? We did.
VEGAN LEMON BLUEBERRY PECAN BREAD
Like banana bread but way better and with pecans.