Wednesday 7 December 2016

Walnuts help diabetes

Published 05/01/2016 | 02:30

Walnuts - linked to a better quality diet.
Walnuts - linked to a better quality diet.

Eating a daily handful of walnuts is linked to better overall diet quality and an improvement in certain risk factors among people at high risk of diabetes.

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A BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care report reported that the walnut diet was associated with improvements in blood vessel cell wall function and 'bad' cholesterol after six months, although it didn't have any impact on blood pressure or blood glucose levels. Walnuts are a rich source of essential fatty acids and other nutrients, such as folate and vitamin E.

And they have been associated with various health benefits. But they are also high in calories, prompting concerns that they might increase weight gain if not part of a calorie-controlled diet.

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