Researchers have found that women who eat nuts or peanut butter regularly or as frequently as 5 times a week are significantly less prone to develop type 2 diabetes as compared to women who rarely or never ate nuts or peanut butter.
A 16 year survey conducted through questionnaires (which enquired about nut and peanut butter consumption and about other risk factors for diabetes) on 83,000 women (with no history of diabetes, heart disease or cancer) showed that women who consumed nuts or peanut butter at least 5 times a week reduced their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 30% and 20% respectively. This reduced risk was independent of other known risk factors such as obesity, alcohol intake, cigarette smoking, lack of exercise and dietary habits.
The researchers stated that this is because nuts are very rich source of good fats i.e. monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which are not only good for insulin sensitivity but also reducing LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) and increasing HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) levels in blood. Besides nuts have an added advantage as they are rich in antioxidants (that prevents cancer) vitamins, minerals, protein and dietary fiber. Hence, nuts should form an integral part of your diet.