It's easy to be nuts about nuts -- especially if you have diabetes. They're satisfying and low in carbs. Their richness comes from their fat content -- and it's the heart-healthy kind. Research suggests that one ounce of nuts a day can help protect against heart disease and, at least in women, diabetes. There's also a correlation between eating nuts and having a lower body weight and a lower risk of gaining weight and becoming obese.
Many recipes call for removing the skins, but keep in mind that though sometimes a little bitter, the skins contain most of the antioxidant compounds that make the nut such a superstar.
1 - Kendall, C. W., A. R. Josse, A. Esfahani, and D. J. Jenkins. 2010. Nuts, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. British Journal of Nutrition 104(4): 465-73.
2 - Rajaram, S., and J. Sabate. 2008. Nuts, body weight and insulin resistance. British Journal of Nutrition 99(2): 447-48.
3 - Vinson, J. A., and Y. Cai. 2012. Nuts, especially walnuts, have both antioxidant quantity and efficacy and exhibit significant potential health benefits. Food Functionality 3(2): 134-40.
|Reviewed by Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN 11/14.|
Roasted Sweet Pepper and Olive Crostini Lager and Lemon Grilled Chicken Cornmeal Pancakes Grilled Chicken Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Creamy Garlic Lima Bean Soup Savory Turkey-Mushroom Burgers Gingerbread Waffles Bruscetta with Arugula, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Herbed Biscuits Peasant Bean Sauce with Tomatoes and Sage
When last we left this saga, my doctor had me staying out from work for an additional week, but with the head swelling down, I was bound to be back on the bicycle as soon as possible (you know what they say about getting back on the horse that threw you...). I had planned to take my sister on a short (under a mile) ride — both for the company and to get us both on the bicycle. She turned chicken and I ended up going the "flat" route to the greengrocer — a little...