Pecans Tackle Obesity and Inflammation: Researchers discovered that pecans may reduce inflammation and prevent obesity due to their health benefits. The study’s findings were published in the journal Nutrients. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, Ph.D., professor of horticulture and food science in the Department of Horticultural Sciences in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and affiliate scientist in the Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture, stated, “Obesity and diabetes are on the rise in modern society worldwide, and the trend in high-fat diet consumption is one of the main reasons, along with lifestyle and genetic predisposition.” People are seeking healthier options, and we have demonstrated that pecans are a healthful option for consumers.
Pecans Tackle Obesity and Inflammation: Nutty Discovery
According to Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Cisneros-Zevallos’s research “provides scientific evidence supporting the traditional knowledge in the Americas that pecans are highly nutritious.” “Thanks to Dr. Cisneros-Zevallos’ research, we now understand the potential mechanisms underlying this nutritional benefit,” said the researcher.
This research demonstrates the significance of horticultural commodities for human health, which is a focus of our department in the areas of sustainability, health, and food security. According to Cisneros-Zevallos, using pecans and high-fat diets on rodent models, researchers discovered that nuts increased energy expenditure while reducing dysbiosis and inflammation. Pecans influence adipose tissue lipolysis as well as mitochondrial oxidative metabolism in the liver and skeletal muscle, according to the research.
In addition, he mentioned that the anti-inflammatory effects of pecans demonstrated in the study reduced low-grade inflammation, which contributes to chronic inflammation and the onset of a variety of common diseases. In addition, he stated that pecans help individuals maintain a healthy weight and prevent diabetes while consuming a high-fat diet.
The new functionality has the potential to transform pecans into a delicacy that can be consumed directly or incorporated into the expanding markets for functional foods and dietary supplements. Cisneros-Zevallos stated, “This observation is crucial when designing study strategies; the more we learn about the unique functionalities of pecans, the more opportunities we have to develop healthier products.” Pecans are economically and historically significant to Texas and the United States, and their production provides producers with stability. This research will aid in the development of novel pecan applications and products.”