Study Published in British Journal of Cancer Includes Pistachios
FRESNO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- According to a long-term women's health study
recently published, women in the study who ate a one-ounce serving of tree nuts
two or more times a week had a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer compared to
those studied who did not include nuts in their diet. This is the first study to
measure the association between pancreatic cancer risk and nut consumption.
Pistachios were among the tree nuts included in the study.
More than 75,600 women were followed in the widely-recognized Nurses' Health
Study. It shows that those who consumed a 28-g (1 oz.) serving of nuts two or
more times per week, significantly reduced their risk of developing pancreatic
cancer, the fourth most common cause for cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
Results of this large prospective cohort study can be found online in the
British Journal of Cancer. The lead author is Ying Bao, MD, ScD, from the
Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School,
Boston, Mass. Dr. Bao states these results were independent of established or
suspected risk factors for pancreatic cancer including age, height, obesity,
physical activity, smoking, diabetes and dietary factors. Also, participants
could have no previous history of cancer.
In addition to pistachios, the nuts consumed by the women in the nurses study
included almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts
and walnuts. Documentation began in 1980 with follow up every four years through
2010. The study also showed that women with more frequent nut consumption were
generally leaner, more likely to exercise, and less likely to smoke. Earlier
studies have linked tree nut consumption to a reduced risk for diabetes.
The long-running Nurses' Health Study was funded by research grants from the
National Institutes of Health. This study specifically examining the association
between tree nut consumption and pancreatic cancer was supported by grants from
the National Institutes of Health and by a grant from the International Tree Nut
Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation. It was also supported in part
by a micro-grant from the Biomedical Research Institute at the Brigham and
Women's Hospital. State cancer registries also helped with the study. The
sponsors did not participate in the design and analysis or any other parts of
the study or approval of the manuscript.
Pistachios are nutrient rich and full of antioxidants, vitamins, protein and
fiber. A one-ounce serving of pistachios equals 49 nuts, more per serving than
any other snack nut. They are cholesterol free and contain just 1.5 grams of
saturated fat and 13 grams of fat per serving, the majority of which comes from
monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. In addition, they contain a significant
amount of potassium, 300-mg per serving.
About American Pistachio Growers
American Pistachio Growers (APG) is a non-profit voluntary agricultural trade
association representing more than 550 grower members in California, Arizona and
New Mexico. APG is governed by a democratically-elected board of directors and
is funded entirely by growers and independent processors with the shared goal of
increasing global awareness of nutritious American-grown pistachios. American
pistachios are the "Official Snack" of USA Water Polo, big mountain snowboarder
and 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jeremy Jones, British pro
cyclist Mark Cavendish and Miss California. For more information, visit
Bao, Y, et al. Nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer in women. British
Journal of Cancer. Published online October 22, 1013. DOI:10.1038/BJC.2013.665
American Pistachio Growers
Judy Hirigoyen, 559-475-0435
Director, Global Marketing
Source: American Pistachio Growers