Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and while there is no magic bullet that is the key to the control of the disease, a recent study published in the journal, Diabetes Care, indicates that refraining from taking a bite out of that daily muffin and opting instead for a handful of nuts may help control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
This is good news for diabetics who struggle every day to balance carb intake and blood sugar levels. When the participants in the study who all had type 2 diabetes replaced some of their usual carbohydrates with about a half-cup of mixed nuts each day, their blood sugar and “bad” cholesterol levels dipped slightly over a period of three months. In the control group, no such improvements were seen among participants who opted for a daily whole-wheat muffin.
The news is good, but no one should go overboard, as some nuts while healthy are high in calories. Incorporating nuts into a healthy diet is the key both to diabetes control and a well-balanced food regimen and lifestyle. The fat content in nuts is healthy and unsaturated, which is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
Think of nuts as replacements for those unhealthier snacks that may have crept into your diet. For those who may not like nuts, don’t despair. You can find solace in other mono-unsaturated fats such as olive oil and avocados. The study, which was partially funded by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research Education Foundation, did not examine these particular foods, but they are considered healthy.
Better blood sugar and cholesterol levels wait in the wings for diabetics when they adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle. Snacks are an enjoyable diversion and it’s nice to know that they can be healthy too…for everyone.
Nuts to you!
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