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

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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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Better Diet, Lower Body Weight Measures and Lower Prevalence of Health Risks: New Findings on Nut Consumption in the U.S. presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Anaheim, CA

DAVIS, CA, April 27, 2010 – In a study presented today at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Anaheim, CA, researchers looked at the association of out-of-hand tree nut (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) consumption, excluding nuts in cereals and other foods, with nutrient intake, diet quality and health risks...

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Tree Nut Consumption Associated with Better Diet, Lower Body Weight Measures and Lower Prevalence of Health Risks: New Findings on Nut Consumption in The U.S. Presented At The American Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting In Denver, Co.

DAVIS, CA, October 18, 2009 – In a study presented today at the American Dietetic Association Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE) in Denver, CO, researchers looked at the association of tree nut (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) consumption with nutrient intake, dietary adequacy, health parameters and the...

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New Research Shows Tree Nuts May Play an Important Role in the Health of People with Diabetes

DAVIS, CA, April 15, 2009 – While nuts have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease, new findings, which will be presented this week at the Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, suggest that they may also play an important role in the management of diabetes.  Researchers from the University...

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Go Nuts for Health: Have You Had Your Handful of Tree Nuts today?

Davis, CA, August 21, 2008 – “More and more research shows the positive impact of tree nut consumption on satiety and weight management, as well as a number of chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes,” states Lindsay Allen, PhD, Director of the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Allen was commenting on proceedings...

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Go Nuts This Fall! Tree nuts Add Flavor and Interest to Your Favorite Dishes

DAVIS, CA, September 20, 2005 – An important element of many of the world’s cuisines for centuries, tree nuts—almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts—offer an array of delicious flavors and textures that work well with a variety of dishes, or on their own as a snack. Tree nuts contain important nutrients...

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Tree Nuts Highlighted in the New Food Guidance System

Davis, CA, April 2005— The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation (INC NREF) applauds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on its new Food Guidance System symbol—MyPyramid—which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid.  The new symbol and interactive Web site, MyPyramid.gov, emphasize the importance of individualized dietary guidance. Tree nuts, such as almonds, Brazils, cashews,...

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Go Nuts and Follow the New 2005 Dietary Guidelines

Davis, CA, January 2005—Just a handful (or 1½ ounces) of tree nuts every day can help you follow the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Tree nuts, such as almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts, play an important role in healthful eating. As with all foods, portion control is critical.  The 2005 Dietary...

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Tree Nuts Add Flavor and Nutrients to Holiday Entertaining

Davis, CA, November 10, 2004 — Nuts that grow on trees—almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts—are one of the world’s favorite and most basic foods. Tree nuts are a traditional part of many ethnic cuisines, especially during the holiday season. They provide rich flavors that complement any type of dish including...

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