Four Surprising Reasons to Reach for Pecans
Year after year, losing weight and getting healthy are two of the most popular New Year's Resolutions. But just 80% of people actually make good on their goal.
While slimming down isn't easy, making a few simple substitutions can make all the difference for your waistline and your health.
GEORGIA PECANS ON GOOD DAY ATLANTA
On November 6, 2013, cookbook author Virginia Willis created delicious Georgia Pecan recipes in a pecan orchard in celebration of Georgia Pecan Month.
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On April 3rd, 2013, Registered Dietitian Tara Gidus talked about the health benefits of Georgia Pecans on nationally syndicated morning talk show, Daily Buzz.
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.
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.
Melanie Harris, B.S., M.S.
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Nutritional Educator and Outreach Specialist
Georgia Pecan Commission’s AntioxiNUT Advisory Board Member
New Year’s resolutions sound like wonderful ideas—until, of course, you realize you can’t fit them into your busy schedule. The trick to keeping a resolution is to not go full force, but to keep each resolution manageable. Instead of letting your resolution make you (figuratively) nuts, go (literally) “nuts” about your resolution! Yes, I mean literally, nuts!
Dr. Ronald Pegg, BA Sc., Ph.D.
Department of Food & Science Technology at the University of Georgia
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.
Just in time for National Georgia Pecan Month, Georgia Pecans were recently featured on “The Daily Buzz,” a nationally syndicated television program airing on The CW Network. Registered dietitian, nutritionist and “Diet Diva” Tara Gidus appeared on the morning segment serving up a warm and hearty Toasted Georgia Pecan Breakfast Bowl.
A new research study from Loma Linda University demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention; the results are published in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition.
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.
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