Eating walnuts just two or three times a week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost a quarter, according to new research.
study of nearly 140,000 women in the U.S. showed that regular helpings
of a small portion of nuts can have a powerful protective effect against
a disease that is threatening to become a global epidemic.
Women who consumed a 28 gram packet of
walnuts at least twice a week were 24 per cent less likely to develop
type 2 diabetes than those who rarely or never ate them.
The latest findings, published in the
Journal of Nutrition, are not the first to highlight the anti-diabetic
effects of walnuts, with earlier research showing similar benefits. However, this is thought to be one of the largest studies to find regularly snacking on them can help prevent the condition. Although the latest research was carried out on female nurses, it's likely that the same benefits apply to men.