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.
A gluten-free version of a traditional favorite! Blogger “Wholesomelicious” shares a recipe for pecan crusted pork chops that can be quickly prepared for busy weeknight dinners.
Blogger “Wholesomelicious” shares a recipe for balsamic grilled chicken with pecan pesto that's cooked on the grill, your perfect summertime go-to.
Blogger “Wholesomelicious” shares a pecan-crusted salmon recipe that’s wrapped in foil and cooked on the grill or in the oven.
Blogger "Reluctant Entertainer" shares a colorful pecan berry salad that's perfect for any spring or summer occasion.
This simple yet elegant pasta salad from blogger "Reluctant Entertainer" combines pecans with fresh seasonal ingredients for a delightful main or side dish perfect for entertaining
DIY gifts just got a lot tastier with blogger “Damask Love’s” Pecan Snow Globe Jar Topper. Pick your favorite holiday icon and pecan snack recipe, and get to crafting!
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!
Elevate your holiday table with blogger “FlavCity’s” Pecan-Crusted Green Bean Casserole. A perfect side for any main dish, this casserole adds a delicious pecan crunch to a holiday classic.