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Peanut butter on toastPeanuts and Type 2 Diabetes – getting risk factors under control

One key factor for diabetes prevention is appropriate eating habits, coupled with weight control and increasing levels of physical activity. Recent research from the University of Toronto has shown that peanuts and other nuts may play an important role in the dietary management of Type 2 diabetes by promoting glycemic control.

Diets featuring peanuts and other legumes are all good fibre sources having a low glycemic index, essential for managing Type 2 diabetes.

Consumption of both peanuts and peanut butter were show to protect against the development of this form of diabetes.

Nuts including peanuts are high in unsaturated fat (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), magnesium and dietary fibre, which all have a beneficialeffect on reducing diabetes risk.

In a Harvard study, researchers found that eating nuts and peanut butter was inversely associated with risk of Type 2 diabetes after adjusting for age, body mass index (BMI), family history of diabetes, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use, and total calorie intake.

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Did You Know?

  • peanut
    The peanut is also called the earthnut, groundnut and goober pea.
  • peanut-protein
    The peanut contains more protein than any other nut.
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    Peanuts are 100 per cent cholesterol-free and contain oleic acid, a heart-healthy source of unsaturated fat.

  • peanut-butter-jar
    Peanut butter was invented around 1890 as a health food for the undernourished.

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