A recent review paper published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has highlighted the association between regular consumption of nuts — including tree nuts, of which pistachios are one of the largest in the group — and a reduced risk of cancer. The review, carried out by Marco Falasca, Ilaria Casari and Dr Tania Maffucci at The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University, found evidence suggesting a protective effect for nut consumption in cancers including colorectal, pancreatic and endometrial cancer in women and prostate cancers in men.

The team also identified research showing a significant inverse association between nut consumption and death from cancer. Based on their findings, the authors suggest that nut consumption should be considered as a tool of intervention to reduce the burden of cancer.

Research Review Highlights the Potential Role of Nut Consumption in Reducing the Burden of Cancer