U of M, Mayo: Studies show eating nuts reduces cancer risk

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If you want to avoid cancer, nuts to you.

That's a rough way of paraphrasing a new analysis by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.

They reviewed three dozen studies of the disease-prevention powers of nuts and found that consuming them is linked with a reduced risk of certain cancers, according to a statement on their findings.

They also looked at whether eating nuts helps prevent type 2 diabetes but found no connection there, the statement says.

In particular, colorectal, endometrial, and pancreatic cancers were less common among those who consumed nuts, according to the research that was published Tuesday in the journal Nutrition Reviews.

The researchers, whose lead author was Mayo Clinic's Lang Wu, say those interested in making food choices to reduce their cancer risks can consider eating nuts – but should also take into account the calories and fat content of different types of nuts.

Nuts and longevity

Medical Xpress reports a paper published in a different medical journal last week linked nuts to lower mortality rates. In that study, those eating 10 grams or more per day of peanuts or other nuts had a lower risk of succumbing to several major causes of death, compared to those who did not eat nuts.

St. Paul native Dan Buettner has studied communities around the world that have the longest-living people as part of his Blue Zones project.

Buettner told National Public Radio last month that diets heavy on nuts and beans are common in those cultures, where people often live to age 100.

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