The snack that can slash cancer risk by 35 percent

Nuts are a staple feature of my New Hamptons Health Miracle for a reason. They’re low-carb and packed with good fats and protein–a real lifesaver when you need a quick snack in a pinch.

They’re also a real lifesaver in general. At least, if the latest results from the famous Nurses’ Health Study is any indication.

Researchers analyzed data from over 75,000 women in this cohort. They assessed for nut consumption at the beginning of the study and again every two to four years.

At the end of the study, the team documented 466 cases of pancreatic cancer. But they found that women who consumed at least two 1-ounce servings of nuts on a weekly basis benefited from a 35 percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer when compared to those who didn’t.

What’s more, this association held even after researchers accounted for other known pancreatic cancer risk factors. Including age, weight, physical activity levels, smoking, diabetes, and even diet.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive, deadly diagnoses you can receive. So this benefit speaks for itself. And the takeaway message couldn’t be more clear.

Make room in your diet for almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, or my personal favorite, macadamia nuts. It doesn’t really matter which you choose…just be sure to fit in at least a couple handfuls a week.

“Nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in women.” Br J Cancer. 2013 Oct 22.