Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk with Walnuts?

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Researchers found that two ounces of walnuts a day helped reduce breast cancer by 50%.A new study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer shows that reducing your risk of breast cancer may be as easy as adding walnuts to your diet. What the researchers found is that mice that were fed a daily diet that included the human equivalent of two ounces of walnuts a day had a 50% lower risk of developing breast cancer.

Plus, the mice in the walnut-fed group that did develop breast cancer had considerably fewer—and smaller—tumors. Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is timely news.

But breast cancer reduction isn’t the only reason to eat walnuts. Walnuts are also a good source of protein, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamin E. They also contain heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated facts. In fact, a study showed that those who ate 14 walnuts a day for four weeks had an average LDL cholesterol drop of nine percent.

Here are some easy ways to add walnuts to your diet…

  • Sprinkle them on your morning oatmeal.
  • Mix them into yogurt for a healthy crunch.
  • Use them as a healthy salad-topper, instead of croutons.
  • Sprinkle chopped walnuts over steamed vegetables for a pleasing, nutty flavor.
  • Add them to your trail mix.

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to eat walnuts?

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