Replacing carbs with nuts is more effective than cutting carbs alone when treating type 2 diabetes, a University of Toronto research team discovered recently. The study replaced carbohydrate-rich foods in a group of newly diagnosed diabetics’ diets with raw nuts.
The scientists found that the nuts not only improved cardiovascular risk factors such as “good” HDL cholesterol, but nuts also lowered Hemoglobin A1c by more than 60 percent. Hemoglobin A1c is an important indicator of blood sugar control over the long-term. The scientists think that nuts’ high levels of monounsaturated fats improve insulin sensitivity in those with type 2 diabetes.
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