Breast health tied to eating peanut butter
Teenage girls who eat peanut butter and nuts could be lowering their risk for developing breast cancer as adults, according to a study pub
Girls who eat peanut butter as teenagers may be significantly less likely to develop breast cancer as adults than girls who don’t eat it, concludes a study partially funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Previous studies have shown that diets rich in vegetable fats, including those present in peanut butter, nuts, soy and other beans and lentils, can lower risk for breast cancer. However, the new study, published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, is the first of its kind to follow up experiments during adolescence with cases of diagnosed disease in adulthood–as opposed to asking adult women to recount their diet during teen years.
In the study, researchers analyzed data of more than 9,000 American adolescent girls between 1996 and 2001 and between 2005 and 2010, when they were 18 to 30 years old.
Findings showed that participants who consumed peanut butter or nuts twice a week were 39 percent less likely to receive a diagnosis for benign breast disease than participants who didn’t eat any peanut butter or nuts.
It is worth noting that the study only examined the correlation between peanut butter and benign breast disease, which includes non-cancerous lumps or tender spots of tissue and/or cysts. But because benign breast disease can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, researchers said that the findings suggested that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in the long run.