Scientists from Sichuan University and elsewhere found that eating nuts may help lower cancer risk and cancer death.
Cancer is not a single disease but a group of related diseases. Many things in our genes, our lifestyle, and the environment around us may increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer.
It is usually not possible to know exactly why one person develops cancer and another doesn’t.
But research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chances of developing cancer. There are also factors that are linked to a lower risk of cancer.
Scientists are studying many different ways to help prevent cancer, such as ways to avoid or control things known to cause cancer and changes in diet and lifestyle.
Nuts like almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, and hazelnuts are good sources of protein, healthy fats, fibers, vitamins, and minerals.
They can regulate body weight as their fats are not fully absorbed, they regulate food intake and help burn energy.
Nuts also contain unsaturated fats and other nutrients that provide protective effects against heart disease.
In the current study, researchers aimed to conduct a meta-analysis of the link between nut intake and cancer risk and death.
They searched electronic databases and included 17 articles in the present study.
The researchers found that total nuts intake was strongly associated with reduced cancer risk and cancer death, especially lung cancer risk and gastric cancer risk.
What is more, a 10 g/d increment of tree nuts intake was associated with a 20% reduction in death risk caused by cancer.
Based on the findings, the researchers suggest that nuts intake is strongly linked to the reduction of cancer risk and mortality. Especially, nuts intake is strongly associated with reduced lung cancer risk and gastric cancer risk.
Noticeably, a 10 g/d increase in tree nuts intake is related to a 20% reduction in overall cancer death.
The research was published in Nutrition and Cancer and conducted by Chang Cao et al.
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