For diabetics, nuts might be healthier choice

July 8, 2011 2:44:45 PM PDT
When it comes to snacking, diabetics may want to bypass the muffin and instead grab a handful of nuts.

A new study suggests nuts may help better control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Researchers had people with type 2 diabetes replace some of their usual carbohydrates with about a half cup of mixed nuts. Their blood sugar and "bad" cholesterol dipped slightly over three months.

In contrast, no such improvements were seen in those who swapped their normal carbs with a daily whole wheat muffin.

Researchers say nuts can be part of a healthy diet but are not the key to controlling diabetes.

The findings are published in the journal Diabetes care.