Nuts are a wonderful snack option because they can help to control blood glucose, prevent heart disease, and even contribute to weight loss! Nuts are the total package – low in carbs and high in protein, fiber, and the healthy kind of fat, keeping your heart healthy and keeping you fuller longer. Mono and polyunsaturated fats, found in nuts, can help lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol and can increase the HDL or “good” cholesterol. Tree nuts, including almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, and cashews, have been found through research to lower and stabilize blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
While nuts are a great superfood, they are high in calories, so portion control is important as we know! A serving of nuts is considered a handful, or 1 ounce portion. Remember, plain nuts a much better choice than sweet and savory nuts like chocolate-covered or salted nuts.
What are some of the healthiest nuts for those with diabetes?
These may help lower risk of inflammatory diseases and conditions like heart disease.
These may potentially have more fiber than other types of nuts, making them an excellent aid in digestion.
These have been found to help lower post-meal glucose responses when consumed with carbohydrate-rich foods.
These may help to lower the insulin spike of more carbohydrate-rich (higher glycemic index) foods when paired together.
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