Study: Eating Nuts As A Child May Promote Better Female Breast Health Later In Life

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File photo of peanut butter. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of peanut butter. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) – A new study has found that women who ate peanut butter and other forms of nuts during their childhood years were less likely to develop breast disease later in life.

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine and the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital discovered that eating such foods would stave off the development of benign breast disease by the time a given patient reached aged 30, United Press International is reporting.

“These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women,” senior study author Dr. Graham Colditz, the associate director for cancer prevention and control at both institutions, was quoted as noting in a statement.

Those involved with the study found that girls between the ages of 9 and 15 who regularly consumed nuts and peanut butter – at least two times each week – were 39 percent less likely of being diagnosed with breast disease later on.

In addition to those foods, soybeans, lentils, corn and beans were said to potentially have similar effects, though rates of consumption of such foods in the pool of women studied were far lower in their childhood years.

A reported 9,000 girls who participated in the Growing Up Today Study conducted between 1996 and 2001 were later surveyed between 2005 and 2010 in order for Colditz and his team to reach their conclusion.

UPI learned that the study was published in the journal Breast cancer Research and Treatment.

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