Diabetes can be easily managed with the inclusion of nuts in your diet. Tree nuts such as almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts are packed full of beneficial nutrients for people with diabetes. Eating nuts regularly may even help prevent the onset of diabetes later in life! Nuts are an excellent snack for those living with diabetes, in fact, it would seem nuts can play an important role in improving a diabetic diet. There are any ways to incorporate nuts into a diabetic diet, keep reading to find out more!
If you have diabetes, individualised advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian is recommended.

Why are Nuts so good for managing Diabetes?

Nuts are high in many different vitamins, minerals and nutrients and may assist in managing type 1 diabetes as well as type 2 diabetes. Nuts can help control hypoglycemia and assist individuals to avoid a hypoglycemic episode, read on to find out why.



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Try the following to enjoy nuts as part of a healthy eating plan for diabetes management:

  • Snack on almonds or pistachios throughout the day
  • Sprinkle cashew nuts or chestnuts through a stir-fry. Check out a great chicken stir-fry recipe here.
  • Roast macadamia nuts and toss them through a salad; check out a great simple salad recipe featuring walnuts here.
  • Crumble pistachios or pine nuts onto grilled fish or pasta
  • Crush walnuts into your favourite pasta sauce
  • Crush Brazil nuts or pecans over fresh fruit and yoghurt
  • Puree any nuts for a great alternative to peanut butter
  • Stuff potatoes or pumpkin with a mix of almonds or pine nuts and veggies
  • Add a mix of any nuts to your chicken stuffing mix.

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