Breast Cancer are the two scariest words any woman can ever hear. It’s the leading female cancer and increases every year in scale. So anytime we can find ways to reduce the risk, it’s a definite win. A trial study (here) showed that the Mediterranean diet, in addition to olive oil, could reduce the risk of Breast Cancer. Obviously, olive oil is a huge part of that specific diet, but it is worth mentioning as it was an essential part of the study and some might choose not to add it into the diet.
After a median follow-up of 4.8 years, we identified 35 confirmed incident cases of breast cancer. Observed rates (per 1000 person-years) were 1.1 for the Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil group, 1.8 for the Mediterranean diet with nuts group, and 2.9 for the control group. The multivariable-adjusted hazard ratios vs the control group were 0.32 (95% CI, 0.13-0.79) for the Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil group and 0.59 (95% CI, 0.26-1.35) for the Mediterranean diet with nuts group. In analyses with yearly cumulative updated dietary exposures, the hazard ratio for each additional 5% of calories from extra-virgin olive oil was 0.72 (95% CI, 0.57-0.90).
Conclusions and Relevance This is the first randomized trial finding an effect of a long-term dietary intervention on breast cancer incidence. Our results suggest a beneficial effect of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil in the primary prevention of breast cancer. These results come from a secondary analysis of a previous trial and are based on few incident cases and, therefore, need to be confirmed in longer-term and larger studies.
Obviously, this is a long term solution, so starting today could help more than ever! I want to note a couple of items below.
Sometimes Olive Oil is a fraud. I suggest you read this article to learn a bit more about how Olive Oil can be, well, less than the item you think it is (here). This can teach you the ins and outs on how to purchase good Olive Oil.
Second, check out the Mediterranean diet and learn more about it if you don’t already know that much. It really is an easy and simple diet to follow! You will be eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. It is super easy to live by.