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Legumes good for non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients

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Thursday Dec 8, 2016 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study released in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that Non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivors may better off eating legumes, but not dairy products if they want to live a bit longer.

For the study, researchers analyzed the data from 2339 participants in the Multiethnic Cohort and found high intake of dairy products was associated with 14% increased risk of dying from all causes and 16% elevated risk of dying from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

On the other hand, consumption of legume was linked to lowered risk of death from all causes and non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 13 to 16%.  Interestingly, eating red meat and fish in moderation was associated with lower risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma specific death.

Other food groups including dietary fiber, soy foods, fruit, vegetables, and processed meat were not associated with risk of death from either all causes or non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The authors said there is a biological reason for the higher mortality associated with consumption of dairy products and the lower mortality linked to consumption legumes.  (David Liu)

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