About Us

The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF), a nonprofit organization, represents nine tree nut industries (almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) and supports nutrition research and education.

For additional tree nut information regarding: food safety, statistics, government standards and government regulations regarding trade barriers and trade quality standards, please visit the International Nut and Dried Fruit Foundation at: www.nutfruit.org

Contact Us

Maureen Ternus, M.S., R.D.
Executive Director
The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation
maureen.ternus@nuthealth.org

For hi-res photographs of mixed nuts, contact Maureen Ternus M.S., R.D.

For inquiries on a specific nut group, click here.

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Press Releases

Tree Nuts are Associated with Lower Risks of Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in the Adventist Health Study-2:New Findings on Tree Nuts, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in PlosOne

DAVIS, CA, January 8, 2014 – A new study[i][file:///C:/Users/Maureen/Documents/Working/INC/General%20press%20releases/2013%20Adventist%20II%20Press%20Release%20for%20web.docx], published today in the online journal PLOS ONE, looks at the association between tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts), metabolic syndrome (MetS) and obesity in a population with a wide range of nut intake ranging from never to daily. Researchers at...

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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Reduced Total and Cause-Specific Mortality: Largest Study to Date on Nut Consumption and Mortality in New England Journal of Medicine

Davis, CA, November 20, 2013 – In a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at the association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality among 76,464 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and 42,498 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Consumption of nuts, including tree nuts (such as...

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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Reduced Total and Cause-Specific Mortality: Largest Study to Date on Nut Consumption and Mortality in New England Journal of Medicine

Davis, CA, November 20, 2013 – In a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers looked at the association of nut consumption with total and cause-specific mortality among 76,464 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and 42,498 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Consumption of nuts, including tree nuts (such as...

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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Reduced Risk of Pancreatic Cancer in Women: First Prospective Study to Date on Nut Consumption and Pancreatic Cancer in the British Journal of Cancer

Davis, CA, November 6, 2013 – In a large prospective study published online in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers looked at the association between nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer among 75,680 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, with no previous history of cancer. Consumption of nuts, including tree nuts (such as almonds, Brazil...

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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Better Diet, Lower Body Weight Measures and Lower Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome and Other Cardiovascular Risk Factors: New Findings on Tree Nuts and Health Presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, MA

DAVIS, CA, April 20, 2013 – Three new studies involving tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) were presented this week at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston, MA. Tree nut consumption was associated with a better nutrient profile and diet quality; lower body weight and lower prevalence of...

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Out-of-Hand Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Better Diet Quality in Children and Adults: New Findings on Nut Consumption and Health Published in Nutrition Research

Davis, CA, April 9, 2012 – In a study published in Nutrition Research, researchers looked at the association of out-of-hand nut (OOHN) consumption with nutrient intake, diet quality and the prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome in both children and adults. Consumers of OOHN, including tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts,...

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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Lower Body Weight and Lower Prevalence of Health Risks: New Findings on Nut Consumption and Health Published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Davis, CA, February 22, 2012 – In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition*[i]*[http://nuthealth.org/#_edn1], researchers compared risk factors for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome of nut consumers versus those who did not consume nuts. Tree nut (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) consumption...

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New Study Shows Tree Nuts May Play an Important Role in the Health of People with Type 2 Diabetes: New Findings Published in Diabetes Care

 DAVIS, CA, June 29, 2011 – The largest study to date on nuts and diabetes was published today in Diabetes Care, showing that approximately two ounces of nuts a day, as a replacement for carbohydrate foods, can improve glycemic control and blood lipids in those with type 2 diabetes.  Researchers from the University of Toronto...

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Go Nuts for A Nutritious Diet and Heart Health: Advice from the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation

 Davis, CA, February 2011—The newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans give consumers yet another reason to eat a handful—or 1½ ounces—of tree nuts (including walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, Brazils and almonds) every day. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend consuming a variety of protein sources, including nuts, along with nutrient-rich foods and healthy...

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Mounting Evidence Underscores the Important Role of Nuts in a Heart Healthy Diet: New Findings from From a Pooled Analysis Published in Archives of Internal Medicine

DAVIS, CA, May 10, 2010 – The most comprehensive study to date on nuts and blood lipids was published today in Archives of Internal Medicine, further supporting the evidence that regular nut consumption can lower the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Those who consumed an average of 67 grams (or 2.4 ounces) of nuts...

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Media Coverage

Nutrition: Study Finds Eating Nuts Helps Cholesterol

  By Roni Caryn Rabin, May 17, 2010 Eating about two and a half airplane snacks’ worth of nuts every day helps lower total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol, and improves the ratio of total cholesterol to “good” HDL cholesterol, a study reports. Researchers pooled the results of 25 clinical trials that involved 583 participants over all....

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For Nut Benefits, More Is Better

    By Jennifer Corbett Dooren, May 11, 2010 More research backing up the cholesterol-lowering benefits of eating nuts indicates that for most people, consuming two handfuls of nuts a day appears to work better than one. The findings apply to tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, macadamias, hazelnuts and peanuts. Although peanuts actually belong to the...

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Daily Helping of Nuts May Help Fight Heart Disease, New Study Finds

    By Bill Hendrick May 20, 2010 Eating nuts on a daily basis improves blood cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, a new study says. Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, and colleagues from Loma Linda University in California, pooled data from 25 studies on nut consumption in seven countries, looking at 583 men and...

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Eating nuts can lower cholesterol, say experts

    BBC 20, 2010 Eating nuts may help lower cholesterol levels, US research suggests.* The review of 25 studies, involving nearly 600 people, showed eating on average 67g of nuts - a small bag - a day reduced cholesterol levels by 7.4%. The US Loma Linda University team believes nuts may help prevent the absorption of cholesterol. UK experts...

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Quick Study: Eating nuts may lower cholesterol

    May 25, 2010 More nuts may lead to lower cholesterol THE QUESTION Should people looking for nonmedicinal ways to lower their cholesterol consider eating more nuts? THIS STUDY compiled and analyzed data from 25 studies, involving 583 people who were assigned to eat or not eat nuts. They ate various types of nuts, but mostly almonds...

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Top Ten Snack Trends 2010

  The Food Channel presents its Top Ten Snack Trends of the Year. The list is based on research conducted by The Food Channel in conjunction with CultureWaves®, the International Food Futurists, and Mintel International. Here are the trends we see shaping how we snack.

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Go Nuts!

Munch On for Wholesome Goodness
There must be solid reasons for health practitioners and nutritionists to emphasise on the goodness of nuts even though they are notoriously high in fat. The reason is simple. Nuts have the potential to promote great health among those who consume them regularly.

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