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Peanuts Can Prevent Breast Cancer

McAlpin, Florida - Florida Peanut Federation presents 'Pink Peanuts'.  During October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, Florida Peanut Federation (FPF)  has spread the good news that Peanuts Can Prevent Breast Cancer!  Held on October 25, 2021, Florida Peanut Federation hosted a reception for Breast Cancer survivors and young girls along with their mothers.  This intimate event focused on the research by Harvard Medical School, that consuming peanuts is incredibly healthy for young girls, especially for breast health.  This event allowed survivors to share their stories, young ladies to ask questions, and peanut experts to share the impressive research facts.

The study released in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, showed that young girls who consumed a serving of peanut butter or peanuts at least twice a week, reduced their risk of benign breast disease in young adulthood by up to 39%.  "These findings suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women," said Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, senior author and associate director for cancer prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

 The study "Vegetable Protein and Vegetable Fat Intakes in Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Girls, And Risk for Benign Breast Disease in Young Women" was conducted by Washington University and Harvard Medical School.  The study reports that Peanut Butter is associatec with lower risk of breast disease.  Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut and peanut butter contains about 8g of protein per serving.  In addition, peanut butter contains healthy oils and many nutrients such as phytosterols that have been shown to reduce the risk of major diseases including cancer.  Previous research has shown that benign breast disease in young women is associated with increased risk of breast cancer and other adult diseases.

Girls in the study, aged 9 to 15, reported dietary habits and results showed the decreased risk of breast disease was most strongly driven by peanut intake.  These results were stronger with girls who had a family history of breast cancer.  The study authors, Berkey, Willett, Tamimi, Rosner, Fraizer, and Colditz, report the following key points:
Results were seen with just 2 servings a week of peanut products
Peanut butter and peanuts were more effective than other vegetable proteins
Peanut butter was shown to reduce risk of BBD at all ages
Results were most significant with girls who had a family history of breast cancer
Pre-adolescent and adolescent years represent critical age for prevention

The event by Florida Peanut Federation served to highlight the results of this research and provide a catalyst for future events and conversations.  The attendees, including a host of young ladies, was encouraging, informative, and instilled an enthusiasm for sharing the research and, of course, eating more peanuts!

Peanut butter is one of the most commonly consumed plant proteins in America.  A peanut butter sandwich is not only a staple and favorite, but it is an affordable and nutrient dense food that can reduce the risk of cancer and many chronic diseases.  

More information is available at FloridaPeanutFederation.org, Peanut-Institute.org, and NationalPeanutBoard.org.













Florida Peanut Federation's mission, through education, promotion, and marketing of Florida peanuts, we strive to improve and develop a thriving and sustainable peanut industry, ensuring all of Florida's peanut producers and allied partners the greatest opportunity to be successful.



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