Don’t consider yourself a fan of peanut butter?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

apples and peanut butter
Apples and peanut butter are a tasty favorite for many young kids.

If you’re a girl who loves peanut butter, I suggest you run down to the nearest store and buy a big jar right now. Or, if you find the sweet treat a little too sticky to enjoy, get raw peanuts instead. Why, you ask? According to a study published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, young ladies who regularly consume peanut butter and nuts may lower their risk of breast cancer!

Are the researchers sure the peanuts were responsible for the decrease and not some other food the girls were eating? Absolutely! Unlike other studies that have made this claim, this is the first one that recorded what the girls ate… all 9,039 of them. Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of food to keep track of, huh?

Yeah, and what’s even more impressive is the study started with young girls all the way back in 1996 and followed them until they were in their 30s! Overall, those who regularly ate some form of peanut – whether raw or buttered – at least twice a week were 39% less likely to develop breast cancer when they got older.

Eat more of the brown snack and fight cancer in the process? I think this is one of the easiest decisions of my life. Mom, where’s the nearest supermarket?! I want to buy two jars of “Jif” immediately!

Image of apples and peanut butter courtesy of jamieanne on Flickr.