A new study shows that eating nuts may be helpful for people with type 2 diabetes. Just two ounces of nuts a day in place of carbs could benefit diabetics by lowering bad cholesterol levels and improving blood sugar control.
117 type-2 diabetics were randomly split into three groups. Each group was given a healthy snack to eat each day for three months in place of carbohydrates. One group’s diet included 2 ounces of mixed nuts, including unsalted and raw almonds, walnuts, peanuts, macadamias, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, and cashews.
A second group ate a healthy whole wheat muffin. The muffin contained no sugar and was instead sweetened with apple concentrate. Due to the addition of egg white and skim milk powder, the muffins contained a similar protein content as the nuts. Both contained the same calories. The third group was to eat half nuts, half muffin. All three groups were asked to maintain their regular oral diabetes treatment during the study.
After the three month study, researchers found that the group that ate 2 ounces of nuts a day showed better results of both blood sugar and cholesterol levels than the other two groups.
The main thing that researchers were looking for was a change in HbAlc, a marker of blood sugar control. The results were most satisfying in the nuts-only group as the HbAlc level reduction was significantly greater in that group than the other two groups.
The researchers concluded that “mixed, unsalted, raw, or dry-roasted nuts have benefits for both blood glucose control and blood lipids and may be used to increase vegetable oil and protein intake in the diets of type 2 diabetic patients as part of a strategy to improve diabetes control without weight gain.”
If you have diabetes, then you know how important healthy eating can be. Even if you aren’t diabetic, nuts are still very beneficial to your health, including your oral health because of the high amount of protein they contain. Next time you need something to munch on, consider trading out your potato chips for a bag of mixed nuts instead.