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Peanuts and Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally [1]. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that by the end of 2021, there will be 1.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 608,570 cancer deaths in the United States alone [2]. Because of its far-reaching effect, experts agree that a focus on cancer prevention is imperative. NCI maintains that “a substantial proportion of cancers could be prevented,” and that about 42% of new cases are potentially avoidable [2]. Scientific research consistently points to diet as being a key component in cancer prevention.

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Three Healthy Reasons to Include Peanuts in Your Baby’s Diet

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents introduce complementary foods in their baby’s diet at around 6 months old, which is a great time to incorporate peanuts [1]. According to The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, early introduction of peanuts as a complementary food can reduce the risk of peanut allergies [2]. In addition, including peanut foods in your child’s diet can promote good nutrition and better health as they continue to grow into adulthood

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Lectins in Peanuts and Other Foods

Lectins are widespread in foods, including peanuts and other legumes. However, they are mostly eliminated in the cooking process, making the foods that contain them safe to consume. Further, many plant foods that contain lectins (including peanuts) are overwhelmingly associated with reduced inflammation and other positive health outcomes.

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