Pecans contain the same heart-healthy unsaturated fats that are found in other nuts.
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 Andie Mitchell shares a summer snack recipe perfect for the young and young-at-heart – delicious Pecan, Peach and Raspberry Yogurt Pops!
Blogger Liz Moody shares her recipe for Pecan Coffee Cake Overnight Oats, perfect for breakfast, a midafternoon snack or a nutritious dessert!
Blogger Andie Mitchell shares a recipe perfect for grilling season – delicious chicken thighs with Moroccan spices paired with a flavorful pecan couscous.
Blogger “PB Fingers” shares her recipe for maple pecan overnight oats, an easy favorite that’s perfect for meal prep!
Blogger “PB Fingers” shares a delicious vegan bean and pecan burger that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.
Blogger Andie Mitchell shares a silky-smooth chocolate cream pie with a twist – a pecan crust – that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Blogger “Peanut Butter Fingers” shares a crunchy chopped broccoli and brussels sprouts salad with pecans that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner.
Blogger Andie Mitchell shares a hearty farro salad with pecans that is full of color and flavor and makes for a great side dish.