Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In The News: Eating More Vegetable Fats and Protein From Nuts, Legumes and Soy (Starting At A Young Age) May Decrease Benign Breast Disease Risk Later In Life

It's no secret that plant based fats and proteins like nuts and beans are good for one's health and a recent study has added more weight to the already mounting pile of positive scientific evidence. Researchers in Boston and St. Louis have just released a study of over 9000 females (as part of the Growing Up Today Study) that revealed those with higher intake of vegetable fat from nuts (namely peanut butter) and vegetable protein from beans, lentils and soybeans had significantly lower risks of developing benign breast disease later in life.  A serving daily was inversely associated with risk and thus the scientists concluded "Girls with a family history of breast cancer had significantly lower risk if they consumed these foods or vegetable fat. In conclusion, consumption of vegetable protein, fat, peanut butter, or nuts by older girls may help reduce their risk of BBD as young women". You can check out the abstract from the study HERE. So grab a handful of nuts for a snack, or spread PB on whole grain bread, crackers or fruit. Enjoy nut butter in my Protein Bar recipes. Try more beans in soups, stews or salads.  My Lentil Taco FillingVegetarian Chili and Edamame Succotash recipes are delicious ways to add lentils, beans and soy to your day!


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