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Nuts control blood sugar in Type 2 Diabetics as well as drugs

August 2, 2011

A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto, has discovered that nuts are a great low-GI (glycemic index) food that every diabetic should be eating because they don’t raise the blood glucose and insulin levels.

Eating two ounces (57 grammes) of nuts every day in place of carbohydrates helped control the glycemic load in people suffering from Type 2 diabetes.  It didn’t matter what type of nut was eaten or whether it was unsalted, raw or dry-roasted as they all had a positive effect.

The researchers tested three different diets on a group of diabetics who were given muffins, muffins and nuts, or just nuts to eat.

Those who ate a nuts-only diet saw their glycemic load fall to a level close to that which health regulators regard as ‘clinically meaningful’, an effect that is usually achieved only by taking drugs.  And, unless you have a nut allergy, they are free from the horrid side effects of diabetic drugs, too.

An even better result that was discovered with the group who ate the nut-only diet was that they lost weight.  Who said nuts were fattening?

 

(Source: Diabetes Care, 2011; doi: 10.2337/dc11-0338).

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