Eating Peanut Butter Has Health Benefits, Especially For Girls
Results of a study published in Breast Cancer Research & Treatment indicate that girls who eat peanut butter or nuts regularly when they are young have better breast health when they are older.
Specifically, the study, conducted by the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University School of Medicine indicated that girls who consumed peanut butter and nuts at least twice a week between the ages of 9 and 15 were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease at the age of 30.
Benign breast disease is a term used for several anomolies of the breast tissue, like lumps or masses, that may be felt or seen on a mammogram, but are non-malignant.
Benign breast disease does, however, increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer later in life, leading researchers to see an even greater ultimate impact on the reduction of breast cancer with this discovery.
Though nuts and nut oils were believed to be beneficial to breast health if consumed early in life, this is the first large longitundinal study correlating peanut butter and nut consumption with good breast health. More than 9,000 women were followed as part of The Growing Up Today Study; first from ages 9 to 15 and then from ages 18 to 30.
Senior study author, Dr. Graham Colditz, professor of surgery at Washington University of St. Louis, advises young women to exchange their junk foods and sodas for peanut butter and nuts.