This simple food item could reduce your risk of breast cancer post-menopause 27



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Last year alone, nearly 16,000 Australian women were diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer. Now researchers in Spain have suggested that a diet rich in olive oil could help prevent this confronting disease.

Researchers divided 4,200 post-menopausal women into groups, and each group was required to eat a specific diet. One group was asked to supplement their weekly food intake with an additional litre of extra-virgin olive oil.

Five years later, these women (aged 60 – 80) showed a 68% lower risk of demonstrating malignant breast cancers. Researchers described these results as “beneficial” and worthy of longer-term examination.

“Our results suggest a beneficial effect of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil in the primary prevention of breast cancer”, the report published by JAMA Internal Medicine journal stated.

Integrating olive oil into your weekly food consumption, or adopting the so-called “Mediterranean diet”, is fairly straight-forward.

The Mediterranean diet is characterised by a high consumption of plant-based vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts. Protein should mostly be derived from seafood – but also chicken, duck, goat and other lean meats.

Of course, olive oil plays an important role within the Mediterranean diet, because it replaces butter. Herbs and spices are used to flavour foods, rather than sugars and salt.

Whilst the Spanish researchers agree “preventive strategies represent the most sensible approach against cancer”, it’s still positive to know that a balanced diet can go a long way in protecting our health.

Have you ever tried something like the Mediterranean diet? Do you believe that maintaining a balanced diet helps prevent disease?

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  1. A litre a week? You would have to drink it.

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  2. I use olive oil, I do try to eat healthy. I have porridge for breakfast, a tuna and salad sandwich for lunch and for dinner a roast or spaghetti, chicken and salad, tacos or and egg on toast

  3. I just try to base my eating habits around the Mediterranean diet as much as possible. Love that feta cheese in oil from Aldi, olives and balsamic dressing in my salads these days. And those little roma tomatoes are yummy too.

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  4. The study looked at one litre of olive oil. That is a huge amount. The amounts the we, the punters, consume will be far less than that and may have no effect

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    • I agree! Goodness knows what it does to your cholesterol! Maybe fewer got cancer as they all died of heart disease!

  5. How interesting. 1 litre of oil per week. Yes, it may be the good fat, but it is still fat.
    I stick to 20grams or under of fat per day. Doctor recommend. If I did what this post suggests, it would more than triple my daily allowance and that is without adding fat from other sources to my diet.
    So a big no from me for this.

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