Four landmark observation studies have that found an association between total nut consumption (peanuts and tree nuts) and a significantly decreased risk of heart disease. The greatest reduction of heart disease risk and deaths from heart attacks was among people who ate five or more 1-ounce servings of nuts per week. Pecans are the third most frequently consumed tree nut in the country.
A possible protective effect of nut consumption on risk of coronary heart disease
Frequent nut consumption and risk of coronary heart disease in women: prospective cohort study
Frequent nut intake and risk of death from coronary heart disease and all causes in postmenopausal women: the Iowa Women's Health Study
Nut consumption and risk of mortality in the Physicians’ Health Study
As a result of the scientific evidence supporting the cardiovascular benefits of nuts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first qualified health claim for a whole food in 2003:
Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
One serving of pecans contains 18 grams of “good” unsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat.
From delicious recipes and recent health research to grower and sheller stories and industry news, catch up on the latest articles featuring America’s native nut.
See how blogger "Damask Love" makes a DIY pecan giftable by making a holiday snow globe on top of a jar of spiced pecans!
See how blogger "Damask Love" uses use in-shell pecans, ribbon and a wreath form to make DIY holiday decor.
Take traditional banana bread up a notch with this vegan, gluten-free version from blogger "Jessica in the Kitchen" that adds pecans to the mix for a flavorful crunch!
See how blogger "FlavCity" puts a pecan twist on a must-have side for Thanksgiving!
Blogger "Half Baked Harvest" celebrates one of the season's best pairs with this dish - maple and pecans. Try making these as a weekend morning treat, or serve them up Thanksgiving morning for a special holiday breakfast.
Blogger “The Defined Dish” starts the fall season off right with the perfect combination of fall flavors – pumpkin and pecan. These No Bake Pumpkin-Pecan Pie bites are the perfect seasonal on-the-go treat!
Bloggers "Modern Proper" show you how to take your weeknight dinner up a notch by encrusting your pork chops with pecans and topping them with apple chutney!
Bloggers Holley and Natalie from "Modern Proper" take a weeknight meal up a notch by adding a pecan crust to pork chops in this flavorful dish.