Eating pistachio nuts used to be discouraged because they are high in fat and calories. But a new study shows that people who eat pistachios every day are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
In this study, 54 people with the diagnosis of prediabetes were randomly assigned to consume 2 ounces a day of pistachios or a control diet with an equivalent amount of calories. The diets were maintained for four months; then, after a two week wash-out period, each volunteer was switched to the other diet.
The investigators found that those consuming pistachios had lower blood sugar and insulin and reduced insulin resistance. Markers of inflammation also were significantly lower. The researchers concluded that “Chronic pistachio consumption is emerging as a useful nutritional strategy for the prediabetic state.”
[Diabetes Care, online, Aug. 14, 2014]
We love it when the mythologies surrounding foods you should eat and foods you should shun get overturned. Pistachios are delicious, so it is wonderful to discover that they also can fight inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity. (By the way, so can dark chocolate.) If you would like to read more about foods that have surprising benefits, you may be interested in our book, The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies, with discussions of more than 20 of our favorite foods with medical applications.
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