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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.

Journal of the American Diabetic Association, July 2005
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