A diet rich in nuts, beans and lentils have been found effective in lowering blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
The study led by researchers from St Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto have found that a diet high in low-glycemic foods improved both diabetes control and cardiovascular risk factors. The study was conducted over 210 patients with type 2 diabetes, who were randomly assigned to receive 1 of the 2 diet treatments for 6 months.
In the low-glycemic index diet, the following foods were emphasised: beans, peas, lentils, nuts, pasta, rice boiled briefly and low-glycemic index breads (including pumpernickel, rye pita, and quinoa and flaxseed) and breakfast cereals (including large flake oatmeal and oat bran).
In the high-cereal fibre diet, participants were advised to take the ‘brown’ option (whole grain breads; whole grain breakfast cereals; brown rice; potatoes with skins…
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