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People with type 2 diabetes may have a new way keep their blood sugar under control. A recent study suggests that eating two ounces of nuts a day in place of a carbohydrate-rich food item may help effectively regulate type 2 diabetes and some of the complications associated with the disease.
The research conducted at the University of Toronto found that nuts may provide glycemic and serum lipid control.
“Mixed, unsalted, raw or dry-roasted nuts have benefits for both blood glucose control and blood lipids and may be used as part of a strategy to improve diabetes control without weight gain,” said David Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., lead researcher.
Jenkins and his colleagues gave different types of foods to study participants with type 2 diabetes. One group was given nuts, another muffins and the final group was given both nuts and muffins. The scientists discovered that the subjects who ate only nuts had the most improvement in their blood glucose levels.
According to Jenkins, this study is important because it may provide those with type 2 diabetes with a safe alternative to carbohydrates that may reduce their weight while helping to control their disease.