Nuts suitable for diabetics to snack on
by Jes @SnackFirst on Jun 12, 2018
We received lots of enquiries on our snacks particularly about cholesterol, heart problems and also diabetics. One of the key issue at 2017 NDP is the growing number of diabetics which is a big concern for our taxes and health care. Currently, 400,000 Singaporeans are diabetics and 1 out of 3 has a lifetime risk towards developing the illness.
It's indeed worrisome.
It is well known that Type 2 diabetes is due to the inability of the body to develop sufficient insulin that can counter the load of the glucose level that we consume. Nuts are in fact, one of the best and healthiest snacks diabetics can enjoy because they prevent heart diseases, control our sugar level and even help in weight loss. It is widely known that they are a good and tasty snack that should be prescribed to prevent illnesses.
Low in carbohydrates, high in proteins, healthy fats and fibre, nuts are the perfect way to also prevent diabetes. These nuts are well know to most suitable:
1) Walnuts (Daily limit: 14 halves)
Walnuts are a good source of ALA alpha-lipoic acid that can help reduce inflammation. Studies have proven time and again they can even help prevent some cancers, so you should definitely start consuming them daily. For people who hate the walnut taste, try our baked walnuts, which are crunchier and less of an earthy flavour.
2) Almonds (Daily limit: 23 nuts)
Almonds are the most popular nut in the world for good reason, they contain more dietary fiber and are great for digestion. Raw almonds are not crunchy and if you are not one who like raw nuts, do try our baked almonds which taste better as snacks.
3) Pistachio/ pistachio kernels (Daily limit: 28 nuts)
There are a few studies that showed that pistachios can help improve blood sugar levels and the best part is, they taste good even when it's raw pistachios! Baked pistachio will be more crunchy and we do not add salt or sugar in them, so they are still suitable for diabetics. For more value-for-money purchase (you are buying the kernels only without the shells) and people who hate de-shelling, we have pistachio kernels that are both raw and baked!
Still, moderation is key. You can't over-indulge as the benefits will be nullified with excess calories. Don't forget we are recommending only raw and baked nuts which is our healthy nuts collection, and not gourmet nuts which contain some salt and sugar for occasional indulgence. Some other food diabetics should eat are in our previous list of top 10 super foods. Not just diabetics, incorporate these snacks and food into your meals daily and you will be able to prevent diabetes and other illnesses and also reap the benefits in the long run.
After all, you are what you eat! :)
Tip: We have an ongoing $5 off for all cashew and pistachio due to the world cup, so do grab some healthy snacks while you are watching your favourite matches!