A new study shows that young girls could reduce their risk of getting breast cancer later in life by eating peanut butter.
CBS reports that the research was conducted by Washington University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School and it showed that girls between the ages of 9 and 15 who ate peanut butter regularly had a 39% lower chance of developing benign breast disease by age 30. The study examined 9,039 U.S. girls between 1996 and 2001 and they were examined again between 2005 and 2010 when they were between the ages of 18 and 30 to see whether or not they had developed benign breast disease.
This information could be useful because the lesions from benign breast disease could lead to breast cancer, so reducing the risk of the first also reduces the risk of the latter. The study also showed that peanut butter isn’t the only possible remedy for the disease as teen girls who consume beans, lentils and soybeans could also lower their risk of getting the disease.