Replacing carbs with nuts in diabetes

EATING nuts as a replacement for carbohydrates might improve glycaemic control and lower lipids in patients with type 2 diabetes, a study shows.

Canadian researchers found snacking on nuts as part of a balanced diet decreased HbA1c levels, and significantly decreased LDL cholesterol. A total of 117 patients, mean age 62 years, were randomised to eat either 75 g of mixed nuts a day, muffins or half portions of each as part of a 2000 kcal diet for three months.

Only eating the full nut dose had a significant effect, reducing HbA