Consuming virgin olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer by 28%


In the midst of the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, one of the products that is being talked about the most these days is sunflower oil.

Its use, not only domestic, but industrial, seems to be compromised by the armed conflict. And it looks like we’re worried.

But sometimes we forget that in Spain we have the best alternative to this vegetable oil: olive oil. Our liquid gold.

The most valued oil both gastronomically and in the field of health.

It may interest you: Harvard University confirms the benefits of olive oil for our health

Olive oil is good raw, but also cooked

A latest research on virgin oil and its relationship with breast cancer gives it even more points in the ranking.

We refer to a study published in the international journal European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN) of the journal Nature, which suggests that the consumption of VIRGIN olive oil (they write it with capital letters) has a protective effect against breast cancer.

And what is even better: they ensure that this benefit is obtained whether we consume it raw, or if we eat it cooked.

The affirmation of Dr. Marina Pollandirector of the National Epidemiology Center of the Carlos III Health Institute (CNE-ISCIII) and member of GEICAM leaves no room for doubt.

“With the results of this study, we corroborate that moderate consumption of virgin olive oil is associated with a lower incidence of breast cancer.”

And he explains:

“Although with this epidemiological sub-analysis we do not try to explore the causes of this benefit, the scientific literature shows us that this food contains substances with a protective effect against this tumor, many of which are lost during the oil refining process” .

Olive oil reduces the risk of breast cancer by 28%

This new analysis of the EpiGEICAM study evaluates the presence in the diet of different types of fats such as olive oil, virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, corn, soybeans, margarine and butter. And it does so both in groups of women with breast cancer and in groups that do not suffer from this disease.

From the results obtained, it stands out that the consumption of virgin olive oil to season, fry or cook, added to the intake of two tablespoons raw (in salad or with vegetables), reduces the risk of breast cancer by 28%.

And Dr. Pollán insists:

“The suggestion that can be drawn from the results of this sub-analysis is that taking VIRGIN olive oil, especially in salads or with vegetables, has a protective effect against breast cancer”, .

The consumption of olive oil should be moderate

But beware. As the expert clarifies,

“Your consumption cannot be excessive. Because other scientific studies show the relationship between a high caloric intake and an increased risk of breast cancer.

The EpiGEICAM data is in line with that of a clinical trial coordinated by the University of Navarra.

An analysis carried out within the multicenter study PREDIMED (Prevention with Mediterranean Diet) and the Center for Biomedical Research in Network-Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition CIBEROBN.

This work has already shown that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of developing breast cancer by two thirds.

Incidence of lifestyle in breast cancer

The EpiGEICAM study aims to investigate the role of reproductive factors and lifestyle in the development of breast cancer in Spain.

This includes the study of the type of diet of the woman and also the consumption of alcohol.

1,017 women recently diagnosed with this type of cancer and 1,017 women who do not have the disease have participated in it.

As stated by Dr. Miguel Martín, president of GEICAM:

– “Thanks to the EpiGEICAM study, we are helping to provide valuable information on the relationship between lifestyle and the risk of developing this disease.”

– “Something essential to support prevention policies and reduce the incidence of this cancer, of which approximately 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in our country.”

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These data come from a subanalysis of the EpiGEICAM epidemiological study, one of the largest epidemiological analyzes in breast cancer carried out in Spain.

It was carried out by researchers from the Carlos III Health Institute of the Epidemiology and Public Health Network Biomedical Research Consortium (CIBERESP), of the Autonomous University of Madrid and GEICAM, with the collaboration of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in its financing.


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