Studies reveal that you can reduce your risk of devleping diabetes by almost 30% by including nuts in your diet 5 days a week.
While looking for nutritional information on nut butters and nuts, I found some very interesting information related to many degenerative diseases and how the good fats in nuts are very beneficial for blood sugar stabilization. Who knew? I usually avoid them thinking they are too fattening, but the study revealed that they not only do not make you gain wieght, they can actually help lower your risk of developing diabetes.
I found the study posted on the website Flutters Nut Butters which has lots of interesting information and studies about the benefits and importance of nuts in the diet. The following information is taken directly from their website:
"Nuts can dramatically reduce your risks of developing type 2 diabetes according to a Nurse's Health Study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Thursday, 28 November 2002
.Eating nuts substantially lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and does not lead to weight gain, a large-scale American study of women has found - a result that is likely to also apply to men.
Eating five servings of 30 grams a week reduces a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost a third, the research by Dr Rui Jiang from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has found. The research appears in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.
The results are based on an analysis of 83,818 women who took part in the Nurse's Health Study, one of the largest investigations into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women. Participants were a sub-group of the original 121,700 who had no history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer. They were tracked for 16 years.
"We were not really surprised by our findings," said Jiang. "Nuts contain lots of fat, but most fats in nuts are mono and polyunsaturated fats, which are good for insulin sensitivity and serum cholesterol. Nuts are also rich in antioxidant vitamins, minerals, plant protein and dietary fibre." (quoted from Flutters Nut Butters website)
The researchers define a serving of nuts as 1 ounce, or 28 grams. Eating five servings a week reduces the risk by 27 per cent. Even eating a serving of nuts less than once a week reduces the relative risk by eight per cent, they said. Consuming between one and four serves a week results in a reduction of 16 per cent."
I used to eat some soaked almonds every morning. I don't know about you, but I'm putting nuts like almonds back in my diet.
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