Open the peanut butter jar and dig in: It's beneficial for your breasts. Researchers have discovered a link between regularly eating peanut butter and having a lower risk of developing benign breast disease in early adulthood, reported the Huffington Post on September 29.
Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School emphasize that their study uncovered an association between eating peanut butter and breast disease, noting that your PBJ does not provide complete protection.
However, the association between steady peanut butter consumption and a reduced risk of breast disease in early adulthood does offer a key way to enhance breast health. It's important to understand that benign breast disease is noncancerous. Injury, infection or changes to the breast are all possible causes of lumps in breast tissue.
What if you're allergic to peanut butter? Researchers said that although other foods with similar profiles such as lentils and soybeans might have similar benefits, they lacked sufficient data to confirm that possibility.
How much is enough: Researchers determined that twice a week servings of peanut butter during childhood and the teens are associated with a 39 percent lower risk of developing benign breast disease. The benefits were particularly noted among girls with a family history of breast cancer.
And a diet reminder: Although manufacturers have produced concoctions of peanut butter containing everything from cookie crumbs to chocolate swirls, all that sugar doesn't do a body good. Go for plain peanut butter with no added ingredients.