Saturday, 9 July 2011
Nuts instead of carbs may aid diabetes control.
"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Replacing that daily muffin with a handful or two of nuts may help people with diabetes better control their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that when people with type 2 diabetes replaced some of their usual carbohydrates with about a half-cup of mixed nuts each day, the study participants' blood sugar and "bad" cholesterol levels dipped slightly over three months.
In contrast, no such improvements were seen among people who swapped their normal carbs for a daily whole-wheat muffin.
For people who are not crazy about nuts, there are other sources of monounsaturated fat, like olive oil and avocados. While this study did not look at those foods, Kendall said it would be a wise move to replace some carbs with those fats."