A review study published by the Oxford University Press in the journal of Nutrition Reviews has specified that nut consumption is associated with a decreased risk of specific types of cancer. Researchers analyzed 36 observational studies, including 30,708 patients), to create a comprehensive meta-analysis.
The study analyzed the health impact of nut consumption and determined that consumption is inversely associated with risk of colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer. The research data did not point to an impact on type 2 diabetes but the study was limited to analyzing 36 observational studies.
“This is the first systematic review and meta-analysis study estimating the association between nut intake and risk of cancers”, said Lang Wu, the lead author of this study. 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.”