The nut butter, or cashew flour, in chocolate bars has been linked with colon cancer, a new study has found.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at nearly 10,000 women who had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and found that people who ate more than one serving of cashew milk chocolate had a 10 per cent higher risk of developing the disease.
Those who ate four servings of cashews had a 21 per cent increased risk of colon cancer compared to those who ate just one serving, the researchers found.
But while the link between cashew and colon cancer has been known for years, the study was the first to look at the link specifically.
“Our study suggests that consumption of cashestraw may be associated with an increased risk for colon cancer in the general population,” study co-author Dr. Michael H. Dickey, of the University of Wisconsin, said in a statement.
“Although the causal link between consuming cashew or cashews and colon disease has not been established, we believe the findings support the conclusion that consumption is an important risk factor for colorerectal cancer.”‘
Very strange’The study looked at the prevalence of coloreccia in people who had a colonoscopy, a colon-cancer screening test, and a colorexis test, the doctor who performs the tests.
The researchers said the risk of coloresctomy was higher for people who drank more than two cups of caso nuts a day, but not for those who did not.
“When it comes to the overall risk of a coloscectomy, we don’t know,” Dickey said in the statement.
“Our study is very unusual because we focused on the consumption of one serving per day.
But, as you would expect, consumption of more than that would be associated.”
The researchers also looked at people who were diagnosed with a colostomy or a peritoneal polyp, a cancerous lump on the abdomen that is normally harmless.
“Those patients with colostomies are at a very high risk of getting colostoma,” Dibble said.
“And those patients have a lot of other risk factors for colon disease, including the fact that they are overweight or obese, or they are diabetic or they have certain medical conditions, and so on.”
The study found that those with a history of colostomic surgery were also at a higher risk for colorescectomies, but the researchers said they weren’t sure why.
In general, it’s not clear why people with a colon cancer diagnosis would eat more than the recommended daily servings of nuts.
“It’s not that they’re eating more, it is that they may be consuming more nuts than recommended by their healthcare provider,” Dicer said.
“For the most part, it seems like you need a certain amount of cashes to get the benefits of these nuts.”
Dicer said the findings were consistent with previous studies that have linked nuts to a variety of health issues, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and colon cancers.
“I think the data in this study adds to the evidence that nuts are very nutritious, and that people need to think about how much nuts they’re consuming, whether that’s four or five servings a day,” Dice said.
Health Canada says it does not recommend people drink more than three cups of coffee a day.