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Substituting Nuts For Carbs Improves Blood Sugar Control In Type 2 Diabetics

July 12, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
People with type 2 diabetes who replace carbohydrates in their diet with as few as two ounces of nuts daily showed better control of blood sugar and lipids, new Canadian research has found. The researchers tested three diet supplements on type 2 diabetics: muffins only; a mixture of a variety of nuts; and a mixture of nuts and muffins. Those who ate the nuts-only supplement showed the greatest improvement in blood glucose control and the greatest reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol. "The study indicates that nuts can provide a specific food option for people with type 2 diabetes wishing to reduce their carbohydrate intake," the researchers concluded. Nuts used in the study included raw almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews, and macadamias.
D. J. A. Jenkins, et al., "Nuts as a Replacement for Carbohydrates in the Diabetic Diet. Diabetes Care", Diabetes Care, July 12, 2011, © American Diabetes Association
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