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How Walnuts May Help People with Diabetes

separator A recent study divided people with diabetes into three groups—those who ate a low fat diet, those who ate a modified low fat diet and those who ate a modified low fat diet that included about one ounce of walnuts per day. There were three dietary goals of the study: getting fewer than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat, getting 7 to 10 percent of calories from polyunsaturated fat and getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, which provide heart health benefits.

At three and six months after the study began results showed that

  • The group eating walnuts had the highest number of people that met the goals of the study
  • The walnut group met the goals regarding omega-3 fatty acids
  • There were people in the study who ate fish but no walnuts, but the group who ate walnuts had a higher rate of meeting the study goals than the people who ate fish alone.

This isn’t the first time walnuts have been shown to benefit people with diabetes. A study published in Diabetes Care in 2004 showed that people who ate about an ounce of walnuts per day had improved cholesterol levels.

Source:
Journal of the American Diabetic Association, July 2005



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