Researchers tracked the eating habits of 140,000 women
Walnuts when consumed with a frequency of 2-3 times a week can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by about 25%, according to analysis by the School of Public Health at Harvard University.
The analysis was based on data from the eating habits of about 140,000 nurses (women). Women aged 35-77 years were followed for ten years in order to see how many developed diabetes.
It was found that women who consumed 28 grams of nuts at least twice a week were 24% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to those consuming them rarely or not at all. Also, the risk for those consuming them once a week decreased by 13%. The researchers said that although the data analyzed on women, will also apply to men.
The study reinforces the findings of previous studies regarding the beneficial antidiabetic effect of nuts, but additionally considered to be one of the largest studies concluded that regular consumption of nuts may even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition.