Why People with Type 2 Diabetes Should Eat Tree Nuts

If you live with type 2 diabetes, eating nuts five days a week may be just as critical for your long-term well-being as regular exercise and checking your blood sugar.

That’s according to a recent study published in the American Heart Association’s Circulation Research journal.

In it, researchers concluded that when eating 5 servings of nuts per week, patients with type 2 diabetes had a 17 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Benefits abound, but don’t go nuts “Like everything in moderation, so it is with nuts,” reminds Almekinder.

Nuts are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, offering more than 200 calories, 15 grams of fat, and a variety of vitamins and minerals in a mere quarter-cup serving.

 If you’re stranded on an island and all you have to eat is a bag of pistachios, this is a good thing.

However, if you’re sitting down with a bag of pistachios to watch your favorite TV show, it’s easy to consume 1,000 calories and more than 100 grams of fat without realizing it.

“For people with diabetes, nuts are low in carbohydrates,

and high in good fats, which raise blood sugars slowly,” explained Almekinder. “It’s a matter of watching the amount you eat,

 and thinking of nuts as a condiment instead of a ‘sit down and eat the whole bag’ type of endeavor.”

stirring sliced almonds into yogurt, adding cashews or walnuts to your main dishes at dinner, or simply snacking on a reasonable serving of pistachios.

Just don’t forget that measuring your portions is a big part of including.


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