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mollyz
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I want to know if peanut butter is bad for estrogen positive I've tried to search but i really don't believe everything i see on the web i went to the acs website and it really read mixed reviews so what have some of you estrogen positive survivors been told? ~~MollyZ~~

jennytwist
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peanut butter may be an issue - I stay away from as much soy as I can, but I eat peanut butter by the jar full! I'm estrogen positive also - I'll do some checking and post anything I might find - I'd hate to give up peanut butter!
-Jenny

Melaniedoingwell
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For what it is worth - I was diagnosed HIGHLY positive for Estrogen receptors and I rarely eat - or ate!- peanut butter.

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mollyz
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I was concerned about eating so much of it i thought i saw a blog on here about estrogen positive couldn't eat it along with peanuts or walnuts.i mean thats my on the go breakfast. if you find anything please post.~~MollyZ~~

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Megan M
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I am ER and PR + and I LOVE peanut butter. I do not want to stop eating it, and, I won't. Seems like everything that is good is bad for you.

Thanks for this post!

Hugs, Megan

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JuJuBeez
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Seriously??? What in the heck is left for us to eat? I am 'strongly' ER and PR+. I can't eat soy (amazing how many things have soy in them), I can't drink booze, I can't eat sugar, now I can't eat peanut butter? I love the Peter Pan whipped creamy peanut butter. It feels like frosting! What else don't I know about? YIKES!

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I'm not sure yet,i'm waiting on someone to post so we'll know for sure,I know it's so hard i read labels now and your right just about everything has soy in it,i love the the regular creamy peter pan :)I buy stevia for sugar it's ok and I've gotten so use to not eating regular sugar when i do taste something sweetened with it it's to sweet now, like thanksgiving i gave a piece of pie a taste and oh my it was to sweet.#running out of food options Mollyz.

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JuJuBeez I agree what is left for us to eat? Well, I will just be peanut butter positive because I love peanut butter.

Ballerina

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Ritzy
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LOL @ Ballerina! I'll be peanut butter positive too!

Sue :)

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CypressCynthia
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Here are the best ways to lower estrogen according to Komen (not including meds):
"All women can lower their estrogen levels by [50,95]:
•Maintaining a healthy weight
•Limiting alcohol intake
•Being physically active
•Avoiding postmenopausal hormones (for postmenopausal women)"
http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/HighLevelsofEstrogenintheBlood.html

The research on phytoestrogens (such as peanut butter) has been mixed. I would not even consider eliminating all such foods from my diet as many studies have shown a small to moderate amount of them may be more helpful than harmful.

"Soybeans—as well as other plants like flaxseed, certain grains, beans, fruits and vegetables—contain chemicals called phytoestrogens that mimic estrogen in the body. Some cell studies have shown soy can increase cancer cell growth [340-342]. However, lower rates of breast cancer are seen in many Asian countries where people eat a lot of soy. This seeming conflict has caused debate about the role of soy in breast cancer risk.

Some studies have found eating a diet high in soy and other phytoestrogens may lower the risk of breast cancer, while others have found no benefit [343-347]. Studies in Asian and Asian American women tend to show that women who eat the most soy have a lower breast cancer risk than women who eat the least soy. However, studies among non-Asian women have found no benefit of soy on breast cancer risk [344]. These findings may differ because Asian women tend to eat more soy throughout their lives (starting early in life) compared other women [344].

At this time, it remains unclear whether eating soy foods lowers the risk of breast cancer. This is an area under active study." http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactorsUnderStudy.html

Lynn Smith
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I never thought Peanut Butter was bad for us.A few years ago I needed or should I say wanted to gain some weight.People were saying OMG you lost some weight, Are you sick or something??? At that time I hadn't been dx.Anyway I looked on the jar of peanut butter and found some good ingredients and it is full of protein.One thing it was high in fat but I didn't care.Just what I was looking for.So I ate 2 tablespoons a day because it also helped my iron level.It worked.I gained 8 lbs and also my blood count went up.I was happy. In fact I eat Reese Cups everyday but now going to start back on my 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter.Stress has brought me down since dx.

Soy is the one thing my doctor did say to stay away from but like someone said it is in EVERTHING.In most things I believe there isn't much but last year I wanted to gain weight again.I started on ENSURE knowing it had soy but very good for you.Went to my oncologist and she said NO.Now I drink Fusion.It isn't one that will put weight on you but 3 glasses a day give you your fruits and vegetables we are supposed to have daily.

I can't wait to hear more about this.Still though today I will start eating Peanut Butter. A couple tablespoons full.

Lynn Smith

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SIROD
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To me it's moderation. If you ate the whole jar of peanut butter that would be a concern. There isn't anything they can actually say, "this is it". One can always find studies pros or cons, I believe we are here to enjoy, not deprive ourselves over some unproven theory.

For you Lynn, a couple of full tablespoons are probably very good for you. Maybe even some peanut butter fudge.

Best,

Doris

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My oncologist told me to avoid soy. But, he also said it can be hidden in many foods, so, it is impossible to not get some. And, I could eat a whole jar of peanut butter, especially if I have Ritz crackers. LOL

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I think we all feel the same about peanut butter,@ Angi2u i love it in the morning with a banana and coffee and i can it again on ritz crackers at lunch,I'll just eat an extra serving of brocolli with olive oil and turmeric and black pepper at dinner LOL. ~~MollyZ~~

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mom2specialboyz
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I was eating tofu like a dummy and I'm hormone positive. Some days I don't feel like eating so I snack on apple slices and peanut butter. I need to cut back on that! :(

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I'm estrogen+ also. I avoid soy products but don't limit the pb. Yum!
{{hugs}} Char

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I'm avoiding soy, like Ensure. My onc nurses suggested Carnation Instant Breakfast, whatever it's new name is. Peanut butter? I eat it every morning on my toast because the extra protein is supposed to be good for chemo brain. Has it helped? I don't know but the chemo brain is getting better. Almost back to normal in that department.
Not ready to give it up yet! I enjoy it too much!!

Lynn Smith
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Doris.I love peanut butter fudge.Those 2 tablespoons and some peanut butter fudge would work. My downfall are Reese Cups.I try to stay away from Chocolate but it's hard.

Skipper I also quit drinking Ensure. My oncologist told me I must.I was trying to gain 10 lbs. She said find something else. I drink Fusion but I'm going to try the Carnation Instant Breakfast.I don't drink milk. If I drink the instant breakfast I will get alot of my daily vitamins.

Lynn Smith

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Which I really never got into like tofu...ugh, soy milk and all the stuff they tell you on tv is better than cow milk.

I eat edamame when I can get it in a salad at whole foods. that i like but its like twice a year!! No plant based estrogens for trip neg or her+ positives that what the doc said. I believe her.

Newbie,
Karen

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carkris
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I switched to almond butter, I found a crunchy one I love form the Health food store. I have these bars I make from peanut butter, chex, honey and whey protein powder. So I use peanut butter in that.

mom62
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I have never heard of this and my oncologist has never mentioned it to me. I've eaten peanut butter my whole life, not about to give it up now!

Terry

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mom2specialboyz
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I found out today that peanuts have the plant form of estrogen. It's higher in raw and roasted peanuts, but not so bad in peanut butter. I love peanut butter on apples slices as a snack! After radiation and stress I don't have much of an appetite so peanut butter is my go to source of protein. All things in moderation!

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At least you have an oncologist who worries about what you eat.  None of the two I have been assigned to had told me anything about PB or soy.  I knew of soy through reading about healthy foods during cancer. My oncologist (after a year) told me to take Vit D3 pills because is good in fighting cancer.  I knew that from the start since I started looking for all I could read when Im was diagnosed.

I changed  computers and I could not log in to this site.  Let me check the information in the medical journals and I give you feedback. 

I love PB but is so sweet that I can't eat more than a very light spread on a small soda cracker.

Have a nice day

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Mariangel43
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As I promised you last night, I made a search of articles.  No much articles. In one article (some Journal of Nutrition, I can't find the link), the researchers talk about a relationship between cancer of the esophagus and stomach with ingestion of peanut butter and other nuts.  However, there is a long term study which states that use of peanut butter reduces the risk of developing breast fibrosis in women who consumed peanut butter and nuts in the period of 9 - 15 years old. The fibrosis may be considered a risk factor in developing cancer after 60 years. There is no direct correlation between PB and cancer risk reduction. And I also saw a recipe of peanut butter and banana shake that so was delicious that I regret not having bananas and peanut butter at home.   

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I think the best thing is moderation. Take whatever you like especially if you have no appetite and have lost weight etc but everything in moderation. There's so many studies, one saying something and another completely contradictory that it's a headache. So I have decided anything and everything in moderation. 
My doctors too said avoid soy but I was never one to overindulgence in soy but still got breast cancer. After all the treatments it Still came back so there are no guarantees. 

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