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GetReal: Walnuts Linked to Risk Reduction of Type 2 Diabetes

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Here’s a neat study that came out recently: Researchers at the Harvard School or Public Health found that eating walnuts 2-3 times per week was associated with a 24% reduction in the development of type 2 diabetes.

The authors of the study looked at over 135,000 people and found, after controlling for other lifestyle factors, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 24% lower than those who did not consume walnuts over a 10 year period. The researchers note that they do need further studies to confirm their results and of course, there are many other diet and lifestyle factors that affect the development of type 2 diabetes.

Even still, it’s great to have even more evidence to bolster the image of walnuts in general and it helps to get peeps adding them into their diet on a regular basis. Nuts make a great snack. They pack protein, some fibre, healthy fats and some minerals. And, they even taste great!

Don’t forget to keep that portion in check: 1/4 cup of nuts is one serving so snack smart.

Read more about the study on the Harvard School of Public Health’s website.

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