dietary alpha-carotene and beta-carotene reduce the risk of diabetes

This is the time of year that the fields are full of pumpkins and squash. Pumpkins are for more than Hallowe’en. Here’s why you should feast on that jack o’lantern.

Squash and pumpkin are loaded in the antioxidants beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. So, what can eating them do for you?

An ten year analysis of the diets of 37,846 healthy people found that alpha-carotene reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by a significant 15%. Beta-carotene was even more powerful: it reduced the risk by a whopping 22%.

This study emphasizes again the importance of diet for diabetes. You may also want to feast on raspberries and eat more whole grains.

Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2015;25(4):376-81

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