Nuts And Colon Cancer: What’s The Link?

Nuts are an amazing source of fiber, unsaturated fats, antioxidants, necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs … all packed into one shell. Adding nuts to your diet can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions. Research shows that eating a serving of nuts three or more times a week also decreases your risk of developing colon cancer.

Nuts can be easily added into your diet daily by sprinkling them over oatmeal, cereal, salads or just eating them as a snack. The three servings, about an ounce of nuts, can be split up over a whole week instead of just eating a handful of nuts three times a week. Although nuts are very healthy and full of things you need, they are high in fat and calories so it is important to stick to suggested serving sizes to avoid over-doing it.

Colon cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the United States each year and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and woman. The good news is colon cancer has the most modifiable risk factors and screening options. Modifiable risk factors include smoking, diet, alcohol intake and level of exercise. With many different screening options available it is important to know your risk factors and talk with your doctor about when to start colon cancer screenings. The doctors at Vanguard Gastro are specially trained colonoscopies and are always available to discuss which one is right for you. Consider changing up your diet and pack it full of fiber and antioxidants with a couple of handfuls of nuts each week and help protect yourself against developing colon cancer.

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