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?

A.Just ask the American Heart Association (AHA), which recently added Georgia Pecans to its list of certified heart-healthy foods, following an extensive certification check. Heart-healthy foods awarded the Heart-Check mark must meet strict AHA limits on added fats and carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats, cholesterol and sodium. To be approved for the mark, foods must also provide at least 10% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Value of one or more of six much-needed nutrients. Georgia Pecans fit the bill. You’ll now see Georgia Pecans proudly display the AHA Heart-Check mark, which leaves no doubt they can be an important part of a heart-healthy diet. Moreover, researchers from Louisiana State University Agricultural Center recently reported in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that tree nut consumption, including pecans, was linked with reduced risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, adding even more support for the AHA’s certification.

Unsure how to make Georgia Pecans a part of your summer fun? Try this light and delicious summer salad featuring heart-healthy Georgia Pecans.

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