Nuts and legumes protect breast health

Nuts and legumes protect breast health

The Growing Up Today Study was started in 1996 to examine the long-term health effects of diet and exercise in young people.

Many aspects of this study will be broken down into smaller pieces of research, and one of these involved 9,039 females, aged 9-15. In 2005, when they were 18-30, they were asked if they had ever been diagnosed with BBD (benign breast disease).

An association was found between intakes of vegetable protein and fat, and BBD. A daily serving of peanut butter, peanuts, nuts, legumes (beans, lentils, soya beans), and corn was linked with a 68% reduced risk of BBD.

At age 14, a daily serving of any of these foods was linked with a 66% lower risk of BBD, and girls who had about three servings a week of peanut butter had a 39% lower risk.

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