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.
Put a pecan-twist on traditional pesto with this scallops recipe from blogger "Real Food by Dad."
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Blogger “Feasting at Home” shows how to create the perfect on-the-go snack with pecans in less than 10 minutes.
Impress holiday guests when you cut into this gingerbread pecan cake from blogger Kayley McCabe.
Spicy pimento cheese pairs with naturally sweet pecans for the ultimate savory pull-apart bread from blogger "A Cozy Kitchen."
Blogger Sylvia Fountaine shares a savory vegetarian main (or side) perfect for fall entertaining.
Blogger Erin Alderson shows how a homemade pecan vinaigrette is the perfect finishing touch for a hearty, seasonal salad.
Blogger "Jelly Toast" shows you how to transform a classic with this Pecan Pie Cheesecake.