Inshell pecans lined up together to form a heart. American Pecans can be certified with the AHA's heart-check mark to show consumers they are a heart healthy food.

Pecans Give Obesity and Diabetes a Slim Chance

Daily consumption of pecans has been shown to prevent obesity and a host of related health issues like fatty liver disease and diabetes, according to a collaborative study by Texas A&M AgriLife scientists. “Obesity and diabetes numbers are increasing in modern society worldwide, and the trend in high-fat diet consumption is one of the main reasons besides...

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Sun sets in a pecan orchard in the late fall.

The AgriStress Helpline: A Resource Made for Ag

For 24/7 mental health support in English or Spanish, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s free helpline at 800-662-4357. For the AgriStress Helpline, call or text 833-897-2474. You can also reach a trained crisis counselor through the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988. Drought, dismal prices, pest infestations, and...

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5 Tips to Prevent Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion

He had followed all the rules. He wore a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. He drank water—or so he thought. But that wasn’t enough. Jim Kepner still spent his Fourth of July in the hospital. A day earlier, Kepner—a pecan enthusiast from Friendswood, Texas—started his work in the morning to beat the unrelenting sun. He wore an...

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A box of inshell pecans with a red handcracker in it.

Pecans take starring role in nutrition trends

Pecans are prized for their delicate nutty flavor, heart health benefits and culinary versatility in recipes both sweet and savory. But there are even more ways to champion pecans today because they fit right in with contemporary food trends. Eat Your Plants You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat like one. Identified as...

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New published study shows another health benefit of pecans

A new study published in Nutrients shows that eating just 1.5 ounces of pecans – one small handful – every day may protect adults at risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Conducted by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, this study...

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Turning Old Habits into New Traditions

Even though we are one month into the new year I believe many of us are still thinking of our list of resolutions. Maybe you have already made out a list and are sticking to it. Or maybe you are in the camp of people that are still trying to decide what changes you want...

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A Salute to the American Pecan Farmer

It’s November and there is, perhaps, no better Month to celebrate the American pecan farmer. After all, you are one to be celebrated! You are, most assuredly, in full swing harvesting your crop. You are short on daylight, and your days are long. And at times you may be lacking the help you need to get the job...

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The Fountain of Youth Under a Pecan Tree

When I was a little girl, I remember hearing someone talk about the fountain of youth. I was curious. Was there really something that could help cultivate the look and feeling of youth? And if so, was it really a fountain of water? Maybe it was more like the one I passed by at the...

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Eating Nuts Associated With Lower Risk of CVD, Cancer, and More

In a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies published in BMC Medicine (Aune et al), researchers looked at the association of nut consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), total cancer, and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in adults. Higher nut intake (15-20 grams/day or 5-6 servings/week) was associated with reduced risk of CVD,...

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Study Shows Eating Nuts Have Body-wide Benefits

An international group of researchers, publishing in the journal BMC Medicine, analyzed 29 studies about nuts and health outcomes and found that daily consumption of nuts may help prevent heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, and diabetes. In their review, which included data on more than 800,000 people, they found dramatic body-wide benefits for eating nuts....

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Nut Consumption Can Help Cardiometabolic Health, Experts Say

At the recent European Nutrition Conference in Berlin, organized by the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, 4 international researchers presented the latest findings on nuts and health to the media. They have shown that the consumption of nuts can prevent Metabolic Syndrome (a group of metabolic abnormalities that includes abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, elevated blood...

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Allergy-free cashews could be available soon

Allergy-free nuts are just a few years away, say U.S. scientists. The team of scientists have revealed that they are close to developing a cashew nut that can be eaten by nut allergy sufferers, after discovering how to modify the dangerous proteins which trigger deadly reactions. The study was presented in August at the National...

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