Ladies, if you like a good pb&j sandwich you might want to put a little extra peanut butter on it to boost your breast health.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, and posted on its website Wednesday, girls who regularly eat peanut butter or nuts could be much less likely to develop benign breast disease by age 30.
The study, which was published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, showed girls ages 9-15 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," the study's senior author, said in a statement.
The researchers found 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 study’s findings suggest that beans, lentils, soybeans and corn also may help prevent benign breast disease, but consumption of these foods was much lower in girls.
Peanuts and peanut butter have many other health benefits, but can also be high in fat, so limiting other fats in your diet is a good idea.