Ask the NUTritionist

Densie Webb, Ph.D., R.D. co-author of "The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!" answers questions about diets, health and pecans.

Q. I still find it hard to believe that regularly eating nuts, like Georgia Pecans, won’t make me gain weight. Convince me.

A. Well, it just so happens that two large-scale studies were recently published showing just that—not only are nuts unrelated to weight gain, but the research suggests that the opposite is true. A study of more than 7,000 men and women in Spain found that as nut consumption increased, the rate of abdominal obesity—a risk factor for cardiovascular disease—went down. In another analysis, which pooled the results from 33 clinical trials, the researchers compared nut consumers with those who ate no nuts and found slightly lower body weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist measurement among the nut eaters. Because the difference was small (not significant), they concluded that eating nuts does not affect any of these three measurement of overweight and obesity for good or bad. However you look at it, after studying thousands of nut eaters, these two studies strongly suggest that eating nuts is not linked to weight gain.

As with calories from any food, the calories in Georgia Pecans can’t simply be added to a diet already providing all the calories you need. However, substituting them for other foods in your diet is a healthful way to get the nutrient-rich, satisfying taste of Georgia Pecans without weight gain.

Previous Questions

Georgia Pecans in Paleolithic Diet

Q. I want to try the Paleolithic Diet. Can I follow the diet plan and still eat Georgia Pecans?

Georgia Pecans actually help you lose weight

Q: You have said before that it is a good idea to include Georgia Pecans in a weight-loss diet plan, but can they actually help you lose weight?

Eating Pecans and Tree Nuts During Pregancy

Q. Will eating pecans during my pregnancy put my baby at risk for developing allergies or asthma?

Pecans in a Heart-Healthy Diet Plan

Q. I’m trying to stick with my heart-healthy diet plan over the summer and I love pecans. How heart-healthy are Georgia Pecans?

Nuts in a Weight-loss Diet

Q. I’ve read that it’s okay to include nuts in a weight-loss diet, but aren’t they high in fat and calories?

Gluten-Free Diet with Pecan

Q. I’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease and I’m on a strict gluten-free diet. Can I have pecans?

Pecans for Lowering Cholesterol

Q. I’ve read about a specific combination of foods that is effective for lowering cholesterol and reducing heart disease risk. Are pecans among the healthy foods recommended?

Georgia Pecans in the new USDA MyPlate icon

Q: Do Georgia Pecans fit in with the new USDA MyPlate icon?

Pecans and Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Q: Now that Spring is here, I’d like to know what fruits and vegetables are in season that pair well with pecans?

Pecans are an Investment in Your Health

Q. I know that nuts, like Georgia Pecans, are nutritious, but aren’t pecans an expensive way to improve my diet?

Improve the Nutrient Profile of Your Diet

Q. How can eating nuts, like Georgia Pecans, improve the nutrient profile of my diet?

2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines and Georgia Pecans

Q: What do the new 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines have to say about including pecans in the diet?

Georgia Pecans Lower the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

Q: I know that eating nuts can help lower cholesterol, but can they also lower levels of other compounds found in the blood that increase risk of coronary heart disease?

Using Georgia Pecans in a Healthy Diet

Q: I love pecans as part of some of my favorite foods, such as a topping for sweet potatoes, sprinkled on casseroles and even, my all time favorite, pecan pie. How can I make these favorites part of my diet, while still controlling my weight?

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