The National Pecan Shellers Association has spent the past two decades as the leading resource for pecan information to industry, media, consumer, culinary and health professionals; promoting research that supports the health benefits of pecans; encouraging culinary professionals to include pecans in their recipes and new product development; and inspiring consumers to integrate pecans into their diets and lifestyles.
Among these programs have been best practices related to food safety and original research on processing and sanitation procedures, business benchmarks through labor & wage and operating ratio surveys, size and color standards, statistical programs covering crop size and product inventories, regular reports and updates from Washington, D.C., and so much more.
For nearly two decades, NPSA funded research has confirmed that pecans can be a healthy addition to your diet. Below are summaries of landmark research studies confirming the health benefits associated with eating a diet rich in pecans. Summaries of these breakthrough studies are posted here.
Findings from a 2001 study conducted at Loma Linda University1 showed that adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent coronary heart disease.
Ways to Incorporate Pecans into a Healthy Lifestyle
Pecans are easy to add to your eating plan; simply grab a handful! Pecans are healthy and delicious, and just a one-ounce serving (15- 20 pecan halves) packs more than 19 vitamins and minerals, fiber and protein to keep you going. They’re a perfect snack for both children and adults.
Often associated with indulgences and occasional treats, pecans can also be eaten in healthier forms and cooked or baked in a wide variety of foods to add flavor and nutrition. Delicious recipes can be found or created using pecans for breakfast, salads, entrees and side dishes.
Pecan recipes and downloadable images of foods incorporating pecans can be found in the cookbook or the recipe section.