A handful of walnuts could cut the risk of diabetes
(Mirror Daily, United States) – A new study found that walnuts are excellent against diabetes and high cholesterol, effectively aiding in achieving a healthier lifestyle. In fact, just small amounts of it could have impressive effects on those who are at risk of diabetes. They do come with a warning on high calorie content, but that could be evaded.
Researchers conducted a study on 112 participants, all of which were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Half of them were assigned a special dietary plan that would cut their calorie intake, while the other half didn’t. For a period of 6 months, the two groups were randomly chosen to either receive 2 ounces of walnuts to eat with their dietary plans, or instructed to avoid walnuts altogether.
After the study period, both groups took a 3 month-long break, and then they were switched for the next half a year period.
The team of researchers found that the participants have seen to excellent improvements in their LDL “bad cholesterol” levels, and saw to great benefits within their blood vessel function. It didn’t have an impact on blood pressure or blood sugar levels though. However poor blood vessel functioning and high levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with diabetes.
Essentially, consuming just a handful of walnuts per day eliminated two of the influencing factors that would have led to the development of the unfortunate condition. They are incredibly rich in various nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts are also exquisite sources of vitamin E, calcium, iron, and zinc, all of which are beneficial to our health.
However, the twist of the matter was in the high calorie content found in the nut. Reportedly, 100g of walnuts contain around 618 calories. The issue has been sparked within the study’s duration. According to lead author, Dr. David Katz, their questions were whether walnuts will encourage weight gain in patience, and will that potential extra weight eliminate their benefits.
That is why before, during, and after the study, the team of researchers carefully measured the patients’ height, weight, BMI, and waist circumference. After removing other factors, they found that it does not result in weight again. Reportedly, participants who did not “make room” for the extra calories from walnuts in their diet did just fine. However, they did note that their body fat increased in comparison to those who were instructed to eliminate other calorie sources.
This means that by a simple substitution of calorie intake, the benefits of walnuts could be augmented. Removing a significant source of calories and replacing it with the nutrients-rich nuts could provide with excellent health benefits.
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