New research has revealed that eating around two ounces of nuts every day as a substitute for carbohydrates can offer benefits to people with type 2 diabetes. It was shown that nuts helped to reduce levels of bad cholesterol (or LDL) and improve the management of blood sugar levels for those with the condition.
The project, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care and supported by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation and the Peanut Institute, monitored 117 people with type 2 diabetes who were randomly put into three different groups, one that consumed around 2 ounces of mixed nuts each day, one that ate a healthy muffi, while the third group had a half nuts and half muffin diet.
Those in the group who just ate the nuts, which were a mix of unsalted and mostly raw almonds, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans and cashews, experienced better results for blood sugar control and levels of LDL than the participants in the other two groups. Participants kept up their oral diabetes treatments during the course of the study.
One of the researchers, Cyril W.C. Kendall, commented “There are two important factors in caring for diabetes: blood sugar control and heart health.
He added that the results were “a very exciting and promising finding about the treatment” of type 2 diabetes.

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