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Nuts may be key to fighting this common cancer

Certain types of nuts might help protect against colon cancer.

Researchers followed 826 people who had suffered stage 3 colon cancer for an average of 6.5 years after surgery and chemotherapy, according to a Yale Cancer Center release.

They found that subjects who ate at least two one-ounce servings of nuts each had a 42% improvement in disease-free survival and a 57% improvement in overall survival.

“Further analysis revealed that disease-free survival increased by 46% among the sub-group of nut consumers who ate tree nuts rather than peanuts,” said lead author Professor Charles Fuchs, director of Yale Cancer Center.

Researchers acknowledged that “we don’t know yet what exactly about nuts is beneficial.” Nuts’ beneficial role may be linked to satisfying hunger with less intake of carbohydrates or other foods associated with poor outcomes, Fuchs added.

The Yale research adds to mounting evidence about the benefits of noshing nuts. A 2016 studyfound that munching a handful of nuts on a daily basis cuts the risk of a wide range of diseases — from cancer to heart disease.

Related article: Cancer risk: Study suggests a link to consumption of ultra-processed foods

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