The Georgia Pecan Commission has earned the American Heart Association’s heart-healthy foods certification for packages of Georgia pecan halves and pieces.
The Heart-Check Mark is awarded to foods that meet the association’s standards of having limited added fats and carbohydrates, saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and sodium. Heart-Check Mark foods must also contain at least 10% of the recommended daily value of one of the six beneficial nutrients, according to a news release.
A 1-ounce serving of Georgia pecans contains 3 grams of dietary fiber and more than 19 vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and E, potassium and zinc, according to the release.
“Georgia pecans are heart-healthy and taste delicious,” Duke Lane, Jr., chairman of the commission, said in the release. “We’re pleased that the American Heart Association has recognized the health benefits of Georgia-grown pecans.”