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Pistachios Are a Tasty and Effective Way to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Eating a diet rich in pistachios may help in avoiding diabetes, according to a new study comparing a diet rich in pistachios to one without.

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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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Just wondering: 2 oz. of pistachios with or without shells? I read the abstract by Hernandez-Alonzo et al, but could not determine if the weight was with or without. Does anyone know?

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