Nuts May Prevent Cancer, Study

Nuts May Prevent Cancer, Study

Eating nuts can lower the risk of developing some tumors, according to a new study.

After analyzing data from 36 observational studies, which involved 30,708 patients, on the disease-preventive powers of nut consumption, researchers found that nut intake "was inversely associated with risk of colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer, but not with other types of cancer or type 2 diabetes. Overall, nut intake was associated with a decreased risk of cancer," according to a statement.

"This is the first systematic review and meta-analysis study estimating the association between nut intake and risk of cancers. Our study suggests that nut consumption may be associated with reduced risk of cancers, which may have practical implication. Aligning with the known beneficial effect of nuts on heart diseases, our study may imply that individuals interested in making better food choices to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease can consider consuming nuts, after considering the caloric and fat contents of different types of nuts," lead author Lang Wu of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota, said in a news release.

The findings are published in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

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