Saturday, November 6

Cashews Can Help Diabetes

via my Meatout Mondays email newsletter:

Eating cashews may improve the body's response to insulin, researchers in Canada and Cameroon reveal. The study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, analyzed the health benefits of cashew tree products – including leaves, bark and nuts. Cashew tree products have long been alleged to be effective anti-inflammatory agents, as well as having the ability to counter high-blood sugar and prevent insulant resistance in diabetics.

Researchers found that cashew nut extract significantly stimulated blood-sugar absorption by muscle cells. "Extracts of other plant parts had no such effect, indicating that cashew seed extract likely contains active compounds, which can have potential anti-diabetic properties," explained senior author Pierre Haddad.

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