Walnuts are easily one of the most nutritious dry fruits one can consume. According to a recent study, walnuts may also help reduce the potential prevalence rate of diabetes by improving one’s metabolic syndrome risk factors.
Published in the journal Nutrition Research and Practice, the study states that consumption of walnuts may bring positive changes to one’s metabolic rate by increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good “cholesterol and decreasing fasting glucose level.
Consumption of walnuts could favourably change hemoglobin A1C and circulate adiponectin levels, thus contributing to alleviating potential prevalence rate of diabetes.
This study was conducted in the form of controlled crossover trial after randomly dividing 119 of Korean male and female adults (aged 30 to 55 years) with metabolic syndrome into two groups.
Subjects in the first group were instructed to consume 45 grams of walnuts, and the second group received iso-caloric white bread per day for 16 weeks as a snack.
After 16 weeks of clinical trials, the study was able to prove 51.2 percent of participants with metabolic syndrome at baseline reverted to a normal status
"Taking walnuts as snacks, instead of high-carbohydrate snacks, may be a good choice for the prevention and improvement of metabolic syndrome," said Hyun-Jin Park, lead investigator of ICAN Nutrition Education and Research.