News - Nuts boost diabetic health
According to a new study published in Diabetes Care, daily consumption of nuts may help to control type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications. The study reports that consuming 75g of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrates may be an effective way to reduce blood sugar levels and improve blood lipid levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
To carry out the study, the researchers divided 117 patients with type 2 diabetes into three different groups. Each group was given a different supplementary meal for a period of three months; one group was given muffins, one was provided with a 75g portion of mixed nuts including raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews and macadamias, and one group was given a half portion of both muffin and nuts.
Overall, the participants receiving the nut-only supplement were found to have the greatest improvement in blood sugar control, and were also found to have a reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Commenting on the results, the authors wrote: “Mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted nuts have benefits for both blood glucose control and blood lipids and may be used as part of a strategy to improve diabetes control without weight gain.”
Jenkins DJ et al. Nuts as a replacement for carbohydrates in the diabetic diet. Diabetes Care. 2011 Aug;34(8):1706-11.