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.
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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.|
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