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A handful of nuts each day could lead to significantly improved HbA1c tests for individuals with diabetes. A new study from a team of Canadian researchers has shown that nuts provide significant support for metabolic health.
Nuts are packed with energy and have little fat or carbohydrates, making them a nutritious snack for anyone. The team from St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto found that when this food replaces more high-carb options, the results can be impressive.
For the study, the researchers asked participants to eat two ounces of mixed nuts per day, one muffin or a combination of the two for the duration of the investigation. In addition to improved HbA1c test scores, those in the nut group saw their cholesterol levels drop.
"The study indicates that nuts can provide a specific food option for people with Type 2 diabetes wishing to reduce their carbohydrate intake," said David Jenkins, who led the study. "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."
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