A study in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006 stated that almonds can significantly lower spikes in blood sugar after meals. 15 healthy subjects were given 5 meals comparable in carbohydrate, fat and protein, 2 control meals, and 3 test meals with almonds, bread, boiled rice and instant mashed potatoes. Blood samples were taken before and after meals, which clearly indicated these nuts can reduce the surge in blood sugar and insulin.

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Extremely low in fat as compared to other nuts, most of the fat content found in cashew is oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, common to olive oil. Oleic acid helps to lower triglyceride levels for individuals with type 2 diabetes, thereby reducing chances of heart disease. A study in the Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy proved that cashews have anti-hyperglycemic benefits as well.

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