Nutrition

Pile on the Peanut Butter

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 4.18.37 PMIf you have an extreme peanut butter obsession like myself, you’ll be stoked to hear that it may help prevent breast cancer in your future. New research shows that teens and preteens who regularly consume peanut butter may lower their risk of breast cancer as an adult.

 
Researchers followed over 9,000 females, beginning when they were between 9 and 15 years old in 1996, until 2010, when they were young women. Eating peanut butter three days a week reduced their risk of developing benign breast disease by 39 percent. Benign breast disease means your breast tissue changes in a noncancerous way that could lead to breast cancer in the future.
Other sources of vegetable fats and proteins –such as soybeans, beans and lentils – may have a similar effect, but researchers noted that the data on these foods was not as abundant as the data on peanut butter.

Although peanut butter may be healthy, you want to be observant of the type that you’re purchasing. Peanut butter, as well as other nut butters, should only contain the nut and perhaps some salt. The main ingredients to make sure are not in your peanut butter are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. These are unhealthy fats where trans fats are hidden.

The brand I enjoy is Smucker’s Natural. Although you have to mix it upon consumption because the oil separates from the crushed peanuts, it is one of the most natural forms of peanut butter you can buy.

By: Sarah Richheimer

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