Pistachios: A Healthy Food Choice for Pre-Diabetics

Do you like to munch on pistachio nuts? Maybe you should keep them on hand-- as it turns out, they may benefit people with pre-diabetes.

The Research

A new study published in "Diabetes Care" found that pistachio nuts help lower glucose and insulin in pre-diabetics. In addition, munching on the popular nuts may help reverse some pre-diabetes indicators.

"The researchers confirmed fasting blood sugar levels, insulin and hormonal markers decreased significantly during the pistachio diet compared to the control diet, where these levels and markers actually increased," said the study authors in a press release. "Signs of inflammation were also reported to have decreased among the pistachio diet. In addition, neither group experienced weight gain."

What's So Healthy About Pistachio Nuts?

Pistachio nuts are a healthy source of protein and healthy fat. They are packed with nutrients. Eating pistachios can contribute to lower cholesterol and blood clot prevention.

Eating pistachios also helps stave off hunger. Given that it takes just two ounces of pistachios each day to make a difference, the next time you reach for a snack, grab some pistachio nuts.

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