Monday, September 22, 2008

A Kid's Favorite: For Your Blood Sugar

There’s something sweet and creamy that kids love -- and it may actually be good for your blood sugar. It’s not chocolate pudding. It’s peanut butter. Adults in a recent study who ate this childhood fave at least five times a week reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by 27 percent. Go NuttyResearchers speculate that the unsaturated fats in nuts -- and nut butters -- may partly explain the big dip in diabetes risk. These healthy fats may somehow improve insulin sensitivity and keep your blood sugar stable. The fiber and magnesium in nuts may also decrease insulin demand and resistance. (Better than takeout: Satisfy your cravings for Chinese food with these deliciously healthy Spicy Peanut Noodles.) In a NutshellAn added bonus of eating peanut butter? Staying slim. The study participants did, especially when they used nut products to replace other fatty foods, like chips. Here are even more reasons to dip into nuts and nut butters:

Peeper protection. Eating nuts at least once a week may save your vision and prevent this sight-stealing disease.

Heart help. Eating a serving of nuts twice a week can slash your heart attack risk by almost half. Here’s why.

Mood boosting. Here’s how nuts banish the blues and make you smile.

Glowing skin. They’re part of our healthy-skin diet. Video: Make your own savory snacks at home.

Watch this video on how to toast nuts.

Tip: Be aware that peanuts are heavily sprayed with pesticides so, be smart and pay the extra price for ORGANIC peanut butter. Natural does not mean organic!

Via Real Age.