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Diabetes: This common magic nut lowers blood sugar levels

Published : Sep 23, 2019, 2:19 pm IST
Updated : Sep 23, 2019, 2:19 pm IST

Read on to know more about a popular nut that is beneficial for diabetics.

Cashew nuts come with some amazing health benefits. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)
 Cashew nuts come with some amazing health benefits. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)

While diabetes can be treated with effective medication, it’s not sufficient. Taking care of what you should eat and avoid eating also goes a long way in lowering your blood sugar levels. Not just that, exercising is also helpful for controlling diabetes.

A low-sugar, low-sodium diet is ideal for those suffering from diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, eating nuts is extremely beneficial for diabetics. A recent study has suggested that eating five servings of nuts every week can lower the risk of heart disease in people suffering from type 2 diabetes by 17 per cent. Published in the Circulation Research journal, it also points out that consuming nuts lowers the risk of death by 34 per cent amongst diabetics.

Cashew nuts: low-fat diet must-haves

Compared to other nuts, cashew nuts have a fairly low fat content. A study conducted in 2018 and published in The Journal of Nutrition and Disease points out that eating cashew nuts helped in increasing ‘good cholesterol’ levels and lowering systolic blood pressure (usually, the first number recorded while measuring blood pressure) among Asian Indians who had type 2 diabetes. Apparently, the nut doesn’t have any “deleterious effects on body weight, glycemia, or other lipid variable”. The study focused on 300 subjects and the trial was controlled for 12 weeks.

About 75 per cent of fat found in cashew nuts is made of oleic acid, which happens to promote heart health because it’s a mono-unsaturated fat. According to The Indian Express, a lot of experts recommend eating a handful of nuts daily to lead a healthy life, except for those who are allergic.

More reasons to eat cashews nuts-

  • Cashew nuts contain copper, which is good for your hair.
  • They are also rich in calcium and promote bone health.
  • These nuts also contain magnesium, which gives you healthy teeth.
  • Eating cashew nuts has often been related to cancer prevention.
  • The fibre in them helps in better digestion.

In addition to these, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are also good for people with type 2 diabetes. The unsalted versions would be preferable for them, because they’re advised to go for a low-sodium diet.

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