Millions of Europeans are living with diabetes, which means there’s a pretty good chance that includes several of your clients. For that reason and infinite others, it’s important to understand the research showing how almonds can add benefits to a diabetes-friendly diet.
Research has revealed that adding almonds to a diabetes-friendly diet may actually help improve certain risk factors while providing substantial nutrition your patients will actually enjoy eating. No kidding.
A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition demonstrated that consuming a diet where 20% of total calorie intake came from almonds helped improve insulin sensitivity in individuals with pre-diabetes.*
Breakfast and Glucose Levels
According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, consuming a breakfast containing almonds, which is a low-glycemic-index food, aids in stabilizing blood glucose levels for the better part of the day. *
Heart Disease and Diabetes
Results from a study published in Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental suggests that incorporating almonds into the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Step II Diet can improve insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes.*
Wien M, et al. Almond consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in adults with prediabetes. J Am Coll Nutr 2010; 29:189-97.
Mori AM, Considine RV, Mattes, RD. Acute and second-meal effects of almond form in impaired glucose tolerant adults: a randomized crossover trial. Nutr Metab 2011;8:6.
Sing-Chung Li, Yen-Hua Liu, Jen-Fang Liu, Wen-Hsin Chang, Chaio-Ming Chen, C.-Y. Oliver Chen. Almond consumption improved glycemic control and lipid profiles in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 2011;60:474-479.