Eating peanuts at young age linked to decrease in breast disease, study finds
The chance of developing breast disease later in life decreases for children who consume peanuts or peanut products at least twice a month, found the Growing Up Today Study.Posted — Updated
The chance of developing breast disease later in life decreases for children who consume peanuts or peanut products at least twice a month, found the Growing Up Today Study.
The study found that even in adolescent girls with a family history of breast cancer, consumption of vegetable protein and vegetable fat significantly lowered the risk of developing benign breast diseases.
Health professionals therefore considered it encouraging news when the study reported the risk of proliferative BBD can be decreased by one-third when women eat a minimum of one serving of peanuts per week.
Although all nuts had a noticeable effect, the amount of peanuts needed to gain the benefit is half as much than with any other nuts.
"Our work suggested that vegetable fat consumed by pre-adolescent girls and vegetable protein consumed by adolescents may be protective, while peanut butter and nuts, high in both protein and fat, consumed at any age may be associated with lower risk for BBD," the study found. "Our stronger findings for peanut butter and nuts, than for corn and beans (beans, soybeans, lentils), may be due to their higher levels of consumption in these girls, but peanut butter and nuts also contain considerably more protein and fat."
Because cells change most dramatically during adolescence, the best time to focus on preventative measures is when young girls are developing, the study indicated.
Revealing the Unique Breast Benefits of Peanuts
Over time, the consistent consumption of animal fats increases the risk of P-BBD by around 33 percent, so vegetable fats are an important alternative.
In regard to cancer protection more broadly, bioactive compounds phytosterols and resveratrol, both found in peanuts, shield the body from abnormal cell growth and hormones that encourage tumor growth, the study found.
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