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October 7, 2015 • Cancer Prevention

A Delicious Diet May Slash Breast Cancer Risk

mediterraneanIn an uplifting new report, scientist concluded that a Mediterranean diet high in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) may offer robust protection from breast cancer. For this five year clinical trial, a group of 4,000 women were placed on one of three different diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (>15% of total daily calories), a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts, or a control diet (no diet advice other than to reduce fat). Woman assigned to the Mediterranean diet with the EVOO were 62% less likely to develop breast cancer vs. woman in the control group diet. Those consuming the Mediterranean diet with the added nuts also experienced a lower risk of breast cancer, albeit at a rate not statistically significant. EVOO is home to a host of potential anti-cancer plant compounds, including potent antioxidant polyphenols and breast cancer-protective lignans, so these results are not surprising.

While larger studies are needed to confirm this study’s findings, we already know that both the Mediterranean diet and extra virgin olive oil have many other proven health benefits, so enjoy!  Click here to see why I think EVOO should be your oil of choice. (JAMA Internal Medicine. DOI: 10.1001.jamainternmed.2015.4838 )