Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nutty Goodness

*Disclaimer: Disregard if you have nut allergies. Nuts have limited nutritional value if they cause you to stop breathing.*

The results of an interesting study regarding the potential benefit for diabetics in eating walnuts every day may prove instructive for everyone - including non-diabetics:
"We know nuts are rich in fiber, and have a variety of micronutrients, minerals, B vitamins, magnesium, and a number of properties that make them a likely candidate for benefits in people with cardiovascular risk," David L. Katz, MD, a coauthor on the study and director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, told Medscape Public Health & Prevention...."We asked if this could prove a vascular benefit in an at-risk population — adults with type 2 diabetes," Dr. Katz explained........."What it tells us is how the blood vessels are feeling in light of everything that is flowing by. You can measure everything you can think of that is flowing by, such as LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, or stress hormones, or you can simply ask the blood vessels, in essence: 'Given everything that is floating by, how are you feeling today?' And the blood vessels in this study said, 'we feel better after we've been fed walnuts daily.'"

You can read the study results here. I wish my blood vessels could talk.....

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