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Chestnuts and Diabetes - Are They Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on April 07, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Introduction

Chestnuts grow on trees that belong to the same family as the beech tree. However, these nuts' low-fat and high Vitamin C content make them more similar to fruits than actual nuts. Chestnuts are high in antioxidants and minerals. In this article, we will discuss the beneficial impact of chestnuts on diabetes.

Type-1 Diabetes

High blood sugar can increase the risk of health complications, such as damage to blood vessels and organs.

According to one study, gallic acid and ellagic acid in chestnuts are potent antioxidants that protect your cells from free radical damage linked to various chronic diseases, such as diabetes. They may help manage blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, making your cells more responsive to insulin.

On the other hand, chestnuts are considered higher-carb nuts. While eating a small to moderate amount of chestnuts may provide these benefits, eating too many chestnuts frequently may negate these health benefits [1].

Type-2 Diabetes

Research suggests that despite having more carbs than most nuts, chestnuts can help prevent blood sugar spikes.

Chestnuts are high in fiber, which can help balance blood sugar levels and prevent spikes.

The central part of chestnuts fiber is soluble fiber. It dissolves in water, forming a gel-like substance that moves undigested and slows sugar absorption through your body [2]. Besides, chestnuts have a low glycemic index: 54. They are considered low GI food, which means chestnuts do not cause a blood sugar spike. Visit our Glycemic index chart page for glycemic index values of 350+ pages.

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31906347/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16444918/
Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: April 07, 2022
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