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Peanut butter and nuts linked to improved breast health

Published on 27/09/2013

Girls who eat peanut butter and nuts when they are younger are less likely to develop being breast tumours when they are older, a recent study says.


Peanuts could help with breast health

A study investigated health data and eating habits of over 9,000 girls aged between 9 and 15 years in the US as part of a study between 1996 and 2001.

The research was conducted by Dr Graham Colditz of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and used data gathered from The Growing Up Today Study.

The study concluded that eating peanut butter and nuts twice a week reduced the risk of developing a benign breast tumour before the age of 30 by 39%.

Benign breast disease is not cancerous and is typically a lump that is either fibrous tissue or a cyst, however it can increase the risk of breast cancer in later life.

Dr Colditz said: "These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women."

The researchers also added: “Girls with a family history of breast cancer had significantly lower risk if they consumed these foods or vegetable fat.

“The consumption of vegetable protein, fat, peanut butter, or nuts by older girls may help reduce their risk of BBD [benign breast disease] as young women.

"Girls with a family history of breast cancer had significantly lower risk if they consumed these foods or vegetable fat."

A previous study also linked eating nuts to reducing the risk of death from cancer and heart disease.

You can save money on your health insurance by eating health foods and doing regualr physical exercise.

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