Family Time: Peanut Butter May Help Ward Off Breast Cancer

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM EDT

We are marking breast cancer awareness month this October on Good Morning, and a recent study finds girls who eat peanut butter or nuts on a regular
basis, may be less likely to develop benign breast disease.

Washington University researchers looked at the eating habits of more than 9,000 girls ages 9-15. They followed up with them when they were between 18 and 30 years old.

Researchers say girls who ate peanut butter or nuts two times each week were 39
percent less likely to have developed benign breast disease by age 30.

Researchers say benign breast disease is non-cancerous, but can increase the chance of breast cancer later in life.

Despite the potential benefits, doctors say you should watch how much peanut butter you eat.

The findings also show other foods in the peanut family may offer protective benefits, but more studies are needed. With Family Time, I'm Joanna Pasceri.