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.
Adventures in Cooking blogger embraces the change in seasons with this sweet potato and pecan puree.
“Naturally Ella” blogger reimagines traditional dip with this light, vibrant version.
Blogger Emily Caruso celebrates the return of cooler temps with this seasonal side dish.
“Lexi’s Clean Kitchen” creates pecan-crusted chicken bites kids will crave and pairs them with a side of Cajun garlic dipping sauce for an added kick.
From sweet and salty to savory, these make-ahead pecan snack mixes from blogger Emily Caruso will satisfy every taste (and schedule)!
Using pecans, muesli and a dash of sweet maple, “A Couple Cooks” transforms classic cereal into a wholesome, flavorful breakfast or snack.
Sweet peach meets buttery pecan in these muffins perfect for an easy snack or breakfast from blogger Caroline Hurley.