Trent Page, chef for Google at the company’s You Tube headquarters, created a recipe for a miso pecan vinaigrette salad dressing using pecan pieces and pecan oil. But, when menu changes affect thousands of employees, he’s aware allergies must be considered. “You have to be transparent in menu signage because tree nut allergies are very serious,” said Page.
Pecans, like other tree nuts including walnuts and almonds, are an excellent source of heart healthy fats and are rich in protein and a good source of fiber as well as other nutrients including vitamin E and potassium. What sets pecans apart from the rest of the nut pack is that they are the only nut native to North America and compared to other tree nuts have the highest concentration of antioxidants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Count 196 calories for one ounce of pecans, about 15-20 halves or a handful.