A study suggests that girls who eat peanut butter are 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease by the time they turned 30.
Research from Washington University and Harvard Medical School analyzed the health histories of 9,039 U.S. girls from 1996 to 2001, when they were between the ages of 9 and 15, and later from 2005 to 2010, when they were 18 to 30 years old.
According to senior author, Dr. Graham Colditz, associate director for cancer prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, the findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.
The incidence of breast cancer is higher among women whose close blood relatives are plagued by the disease. Besides family history, other risk factors of breast cancer include ageing, genetic, race and lifestyle-related factors (drinking, smoking, being obese, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity).
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