Saturday, August 3, 2013

WALNUTS ARE GOOD FOR DIABETICS (AND OTHERS!)

All nuts are good for diabetics (unless of course you suffer from an allergy to certain nuts!) but walnuts seem to be especially good for us diabetics.  I have often wondered why and I think I have discovered it to be the same thing that gives walnuts their heart-health benefits.

As with all nuts, walnuts are high in protein, fiber, and unsaturated fats and we know that is all very good for us diabetics as well as others.  But I didn't know that walnuts may also boost insulin sensitivity!  Now that would be a nice bonus!  But here is the interesting part.  Studies have shown that regular eating of walnuts seems to improve endothelial function in persons with diabetes.  Now you may be asking, "what in the world does that mean"?  Endothelia or the cells lining our arteries, is very important to our health and that is why I said earlier that this might be the same thing that makes walnuts heart-healthy, too.  The endothelia are some of the first things to suffer when high blood sugar (diabetes) begins to wreak havoc on the body.

You will notice the emphasis on the word regular in the above paragraph.  As with all foods, eating any foods a few times will not usually affect our health much either for the negative or the positive.  It is the regular eating of foods that makes our bodies what they are.

If walnuts are not already a part of your diet, you should probably add them!



















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