Tree Nuts or Peanuts for Breast Cancer Prevention?

Tree Nuts or Peanuts for Breast Cancer Prevention?


“Tree Nuts or Peanuts for
Breast Cancer Prevention?” The Black Women’s Health Study, which highlighted collards and carrots, was out of Boston University. Across the Charles River, the
Harvard Nurses’ Health Study also tried to determine which plants were particularly protective
in reducing breast cancer risk, and they identified nuts. “The intake of fiber and
nuts during adolescence and incidence of proliferative
benign breast disease”— such as fibrocystic breast disease; fibroadenomas; noncancerous breast lumps— but, is considered a marker for
increased breast cancer risk. Depending on what biopsies show, it could indicate anywhere
between 30% to 1,300% greater risk of going on to develop cancer. Breast cancer can take decades to develop, so they wanted to start early, asking women what their diets
were like back in high school. Now in adults, it’s clear, as you can see in this 2012 review: the more fiber you get in your diet,
the lower your risk of breast cancer. And, same thing, apparently,
when you’re younger. Women who had the most fiber intake during adolescence, 25% lower risk of this potentially
precancerous breast disease. But, there’s fiber in fruits, vegetables,
beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds— all plant foods. Did any class of plant foods stick out? Nuts were found to be
particularly protective. Two servings a week was
associated with a 36% lower risk. But, that raises the question: which type of nuts? Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Or, do you have to eat true nuts, like almonds, pecans, walnuts,
that sort of thing? So, just tree nuts, or peanuts as well? And the answer is: both. Compared to those who rarely ate nuts, those eating just one
or two handfuls a week during high school appeared
to drop risk around 30%. “In summary, [their] study observed
significant inverse associations between adolescent dietary
intake of fiber and nuts and risk of proliferative
benign breast disease. Our results provide supportive evidence of the important role of dietary exposures during a unique period in a woman’s life in the earlier stage of
breast carcinogenesis [the early stage of breast
cancer development]. These findings, if corroborated, may suggest a viable means
for breast cancer prevention.”

13 comments

  1. @Visualize630 lots of organic types of not butters ive stopped eating fruits other suger laced food i sick with legumes, starches, tender greens etc but i am a nut butter junkie lol im fit aswell i also always feel stronger when eating nuts even though they only naturaly come one month out of a year

  2. i've heard that most peanuts & your typical mainstream peanut butters are chalk full of pesticides … if you are going to eat those, it might be a good idea to choose organic & no sugar added types

  3. One of two handfuls of nuts or peanuts (legumes) are preventative. That leaves out processed foods, such as peanut butter. Recalling my childhood peanut butters were peddled and contain hydrogenated vegetable oils and very little true nuts or legumes–peanuts. They were also full of toxic agriculture chemicals. Not healthy then or today! Non-processed certified organic whole foods are far healthier!

  4. Cashew nuts are high in magnesium. Brazil nuts are high in selenium –go sparingly. Brazil nuts also soak up radium from the soil, which gets transferred to the nuts. Brazil nut are 18 percent protein, 13 percent carbohydrates, and 69 percent fat, with 25 percent of that fat being saturated.

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