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.
Blogger “Running to the Kitchen” knows how to create a winning weeknight meal – with nutritious pecans, hints of cinnamon, Dijon mustard and all done on one pan! Make this sheet pan meal for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner!
Bloggers Alex and Sonja share Superfood Energy bars - kid-approved and perfect for adult snacking too!
Blogger “Defined Dish” shares Pecan-crusted turkey meatballs – the perfect versatile dish that can be served as an app, salad or main.
Ground pecans are used in place of breadcrumbs for a nutritious all-purpose topper in this recipe for Braised Artichokes with Garlic Pecan Breadcrumbs from blogger “Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.”
This pecan glazed ham recipe from blogger "Kitchen Konfidence" is an elegant centerpiece that's simple to prepare. A sweet and smoky pecan glaze is balanced by a hint of citrus - the perfect dish for your spring gathering.
Smoky, simple and naturally sweet from pecans - this vegetarian dip from blogger "Faring Well" is the perfect snack to have on hand!