Surviving colon cancer means getting nutty

According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers from the Yale Cancer Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the US have discovered that eating nuts can help reduce the risk of recurrence of colon cancers.

It has long been suspected that incorporating nuts into your diet can help increase survivors chances of disease free survival, but this study set out to measure the effect. 826 participants were followed for six and a half years after their treatment finished. The study found that those that ate a one ounce serving of tree nuts twice a week were:

  • 42% more likely to experience disease-free survival
  • 57% more likely to survive (even with recurrence)
  • 46% more likely to survive than those who ate peanuts.

It is important to note that this effect is linked to eating tree nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews and pecans. The effect is not linked to eating peanuts, which are not a tree nut (they’re a legume).

The authors said that behaviours linked to reducing insulin resistance (exercise, consumption of lower levels of carbohydrates, consumption of nuts etc) are linked to better survival rates in colon cancer.

Note: an ounce of nuts is approximately 18 cashews, 24 almonds, 14 walnut halves.

Thus, try to eat something nutty along with your beneficial coffee (see Can your morning coffee improve your chances of survival?) but make sure those nuts come from a tree!

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