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New Studies on Almonds and Type 2 Diabetes

A new Almond Board–funded study published this summer adds to the growing body of research indicating that including almonds in a healthy diet might help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Sixty-five prediabetic adults were randomly assigned to follow an American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet containing approximately 2 ounces of almonds per day, or a nut-free ADA diet, for 16 weeks. By the end of the study, those consuming almonds had experienced significant decreases in LDL cholesterol (–12.4 mg/dl vs. –0.4 mg/dl in those on the nut-free diet) and also saw improvements in insulin sensitivity.

Impaired insulin sensitivity is thought to increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that the majority of your fat intake be unsaturated. One serving of almonds (28g) has 13g of unsaturated fat and only 1g of saturated fat.
Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Wien et al. Almond Consumption and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adults with Prediabetes. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 29, No. 3, 189–197 (2010).

For more information, visit the Almond Board of California.