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Go Nuts!

Learn why Marci thinks nuts are a great snack for people with diabetes

Go nuts with nuts, reasonably!

Nuts are high in calories and loaded with nutrients so please use them and do not abuse them. However, nuts offer many healthful benefits primarily from unsaturated fats, fiber, protein and carbohydrates plus they taste great.

Nuts also contain many heart healthy vitamins and minerals as a bonus! Added to meals or snacks these nuts help to sustain the appetite and maintain a healthy level of blood sugar while satisfying the desire to crunch.

Nuts can be used to replace the more typically consumed refined carbohydrate snack foods that have a tremendous effect on your blood sugar them like pretzels and other chips that offer little nutritional value and simply encourage your appetite.

Nuts have many calories, about 150-200 calories per ounce. For a delicious, healthy snack try:

    Mixed Nuts
  • 20-24 almonds
  • 6-8 Brazil nuts
  • 18-20 pecan halves
  • 155 pine nuts
  • 45-47 pistachios
  • 8-11 walnut halves
  • 10-12 macadamias
  • 18-20 hazelnuts
  • 16-18 cashews

Why not try mixing one ounce with a lower calorie carbohydrate like fruit or yogurt.

So like I say, "go nuts" and reap all the benefits.

Marci Sloane, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE, is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with a degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Marci is the author of The Diet Game: Playing for Life! More about Marci Sloane

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