A new study on breast cancer has found a link between peanut butters and nuts to the disease.
According to the study, girls who eat more peanut butter and nuts substantially reduce their risk of developing breast cancer later in life.
The researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and Harvard Medical School concluded the findings on the basis of the health histories of 9,039 US girls enrolled in The Growing Up Today Study from 1996 through 2001.
The study shows that girls aged 9 to 15 who regularly ate peanut butter or nuts were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30.
“These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women,” said senior author Graham Colditz.
The researchers found that girls who ate peanut butter or nuts two times each week were 39 percent less likely to have developed benign breast disease than those who never ate them.
The researchers recommend girls to replace high-calorie junk foods and sugary beverages with peanut butter or nuts.
The study was published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.