Have walnuts to control diabetes

May 6th, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, May 6 (IANS) Including walnuts in your daily diet can help keep type-2 diabetes under control, according to a new study.
The study was conducted by a team headed by Linda Tapsell, professor at the Smart Foods Centre (SFC), University of Wollongong (U-W).

“Eating low fat is good but this study shows that including key foods that deliver the right type of fat - in this case walnuts - is also important,” said Tapsell.

Fifty overweight adults with non-insulin treated diabetes followed a well balanced low fat diet with the SFC for a year.

Researchers found the group that were given 30 grams of walnuts a day had more of the good fats in their diets than those who followed a low fat diet alone.

Tapsell said that both groups ate healthy diets and had low intakes of saturated fats, but the walnut group had more unsaturated fats. Most of the effects were seen in the first three months.

“As whole foods, the walnuts also delivered fibre vitamin E and other components with anti-oxidant activity. The walnut group also showed improvements in insulin levels and this may have been due to the presence of good fats in the diet,” Tapsell said.

She said the latest research confirms earlier studies conducted through her centre highlighting the benefits to be gained by harnessing the “good” oils from walnuts which are rich in polyunsaturated fats, Omega oils and vitamins, said an U-W release.

The latest findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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