Consuming pistachios every day may help reduce the risk of lung and other cancers, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Texas at Houston have found that pistachios are loaded with gamma-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that has been known to provide a degree of protection against certain forms of cancer.
The study followed 36 healthy participants over a six-week clinical trial period and found that, when eating just 2 ounces of pistachios per day, respondents saw a significant increase in energy-adjusted gamma-tocopherol.
"Pistachios are one of those ‘good-for-you’ nuts, and 2 ounces per day could be incorporated into dietary strategies designed to reduce the risk of lung cancer without significant changes in body mass index," said senior research dietitian Ladia Hernandez.
Other good sources of gamma-tocopherol include peanuts, pecans, walnuts and corn oils.
Meanwhile, in an earlier study, scientists were able to prove that pistachios have a positive impact on cardiovascular health by significantly reducing inflammation in the body.
"Pistachios contain many important nutrients that contribute to [a] positive effect on health," explained nutrition expert Constance Geiger. "Every new study adds another piece to the puzzle of how eating pistachios may benefit heart health," she added.