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The Georgia Pecan Commission continues to garner media coverage. In November, Georgia Pecan Month, Georgia Pecans were mentioned on CNN.com's food blog "Eatocracy," which led to other stories on television stations across the country in the days before Thanksgiving. In December, Georgia Pecans were featured on WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee with registered dietician Sara-Jane Bedwell.
The Georgia Pecan Commission exhibited once again at this year’s annual dietitian conference, which attracted over 8,500 health care professionals. The Commission secured Advisory Board Members Ron Pegg, Carolyn O’Neil and Densie Webb, who made special appearances at the Commission’s booth during the conference.
Georgia Pecan Commission Earns American Heart Association’s Heart-Healthy Food Certification
The American Heart Association has added Georgia Pecans to its list of certified heart-healthy foods. After an extensive certification process, packages of Georgia Pecan halves and Georgia Pecan pieces will now display the Heart- Check mark signifying its heart-healthy status.
Five stars of the Georgia Grown program are the ingredients in what promises to be a tasty draw for visitors to the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival this May. The Georgia Blueberry Commission, Georgia Peach Council, Georgia Pecan Commission, Vidalia® Onion Committee and Georgia Watermelon Association will collectively exhibit the unique flavors of their crops during the four?day culinary event, which returns to Midtown Atlanta this May 10-13, 2012, for its second year.
Hesitant to include nuts in your weight-loss diet because you’ve heard they’re high in fat and calories? Don’t be. Researchers have been gathering evidence for a while that nuts don’t contribute to weight gain. Now, new studies from Loma Linda University and Louisiana State University have declared nuts innocent when it comes to weight gain. In fact, they found the opposite to be true—people who eat nuts tend to have lower BMIs (Body Mass Index, a measure of body weight relative to height) and smaller waist measurements.
To support the 2011 fall pecan harvest, the Georgia Pecan Commission has launched health-focused promotional and educational programs. The Commission has recently garnered national television and print coverage to educate consumers about the high content of antioxidants in pecans.
The Georgia Pecan Commission unveiled the AntioxiNUT campaign at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo this past September in San Diego to a targeted audience of more than 6,000 dietitians and nutritionists and 8,500 health professionals. This was by far the largest attendance for this conference since the Commission began exhibiting in 2007.
According to the USDA, pecans possess more antioxidant activity than any other tree nut. Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances, such as the polyphenolics found in pecans. They keep in check the potentially harmful effects of free radicals, reactive oxygen species which the body produces from normal metabolism and that are also encountered in the environment.
Snackers Rejoice - Eating Pecans Increases Your Antioxidant Levels
Loma Linda University released a new research study published in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition demonstrating that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention. The findings illustrate that after eating pecans, unhealthy oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood decreased by as much as 33 percent! Read more about the study here.
Commission Spokesperson Dave Grotto Touts Pecans at Dietitian Conference
The Georgia Pecan Commission’s participation at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo communicated both usage and health messages, including the important antioxidant message, to a targeted audience of over 9,000 dieticians, nutritionists and health professionals in November.
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Georgia Pecans Fit! with FITNESS Magazine
This year, the Georgia Pecan Commission partnered with FITNESS Magazine to host the Mind, Body, Spirit Games in New York City’s Central Park. Emphasizing how Georgia Pecans fit with fitness, the Commission helped participants get enthusiastic about incorporating antioxidant-rich foods, especially pecans, into their post-workout diets.
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Pecan Trivia Facts!
Pecans could improve your love life? If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women. Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc. So, pass on the oysters and reach for a handful of pecans!
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Pecan-Inspired Comfort Cooking Without the Calories
"Trim&TERRIFIC" cookbook series author Holly Clegg reigns supreme when it comes to healthy, flavorful everyday meals with simple, nutritious and versatile ingredients like Georgia Pecans.
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