Consumption of olive oil and specific food groups in relation to breast cancer risk in Greece.

A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and olive oil may reduce the likelihood of breast cancer in women.

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of high consumption of vegetables, fruits, margarine, and olive oil on breast cancer risk. Using comprehensive dietary questionnaires, researchers assessed the fruits, vegetables, margarine, and olive oil intakes of 2,368 women. The breast cancer odds ratio of each subject was also measured.

Researchers observed that frequent consumers of vegetables, fruits, and olive oil had lower risk of developing breast cancer than rare- or non-consumers of these food items. On the other hand, increased consumption of margarine elevated breast cancer risk. The breast cancer protective effect of olive oil was found to be much stronger in postmenopausal women in this study. The results of this study reinforce the evidence that diets high in vegetables, fruits, and olive oil may protect women against breast cancer.

Note: We can't help but think that the vegetables and the fruits were the real cause of the lower breast cancer risk and not the olive oil. We did not find a financial funding conflict but do find it of interest that the Author of the study is a university in probably the highest olive oil exporting country in the world. In their conclusion they are very careful with the wording to not say that Oilve Oil was actually beneficial even though it is implied.

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