A new research has revealed that consuming nuts can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer risk in women. The researchers of the study looked at a possible association between nut consumption as well as the risk of colorectal cancer among 75, 680 women in the Nurses’ Health Study. These participants did not have a history of cancer.
It was reported that those women who consumed an ounce serving of nuts such as tree nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, macadamias, walnuts and pistachios at least two or more times per week experienced 13 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer compared with those who seldom consumed nuts.
Ying Bao, lead researcher of the study, said that while this link was not statistically significant, there may be an inverse association and this has been observed in all the previous studies.
The most comprehensive study of all the ones done on the subject is the current study which also has the longest follow-up of 30 years.
The risk of colorectal cancer has been found to be higher in people with excess body weight and type 2 diabetes. Women in the study who consumed the most nuts were interestingly found to be leaner.
Bao said that since nuts have been linked with less weight gain along with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, increasing the consumption of nuts may cause reduction in risk of developing colorectal cancer.
The study has been published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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