When I had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), one tip my doctor gave me was to eat more nuts (more fat) to keep my sugar levels in check. When my allocation of fat was 1 serving per meal, I would eat 2 or 2.5 servings of fats (nuts in this case). Eating these nuts let me eat a little more carbs and eat different types of carbohydrate during my pregnancy. I especially ate a lot of pistachios. I think at night I was eating about 20 -25 pistachios and this was helping my sugar levels. I know that 25 pistachios are a lot of calories but since I was on the Gestational diabetes diet, I only put on 18 pounds the entire pregnancy. I came out of the hospital thinner than when I got pregnant!
Recently I came across some research that claims that when pistachios are eaten with high carbohydrate foods such as white bread, they slow the absorption of the carbs in the bread, preventing the sugar spike. Pistachios could potentially help in the long term blood sugar control. The research shows that eating pistachios with a common carb resulted in a significant reduced blood sugar response, compared to when these carbs are eaten alone. So according to this research, pistachios should be eaten by diabetics, and anyone trying to control their sugar. The research also claims that pistachios should be eaten by people trying to reduce their LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol), because pistachios can reduce the bad cholesterol by upto 12%.
Pistachios are expensive in most parts of the world. Here in the US, you can get 4 lbs of pistachios for about $17 from Costco. So it won’t cost you much to eat well and eat healthy!
Add pistachios to your mashed potatoes, waffles, and use them as toppings! Give them to your children as a snack!
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