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.