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Mediterranean Diet Found to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) reduces the risk of breast cancer significantly. The study assigned over 4,000 women to three eating plans: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with EVOO, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts and a control group asked to reduce fat in a standard diet.

The women were followed for almost five years and controlled for variables such as age, smoking status, body mass index, family history of cancer and level of physical activity. The research found that the women who ate the Mediterranean diet with EVOO had a 68 percent lower risk for breast cancer.

In addition, the Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce the risk of other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and overall risk of death. Proven one of the healthiest diets in the world, the Mediterranean diet is recommended by many healthcare professionals to help promote a longer and healthier life.

Source: Melissa Josselson, naturopathic doctor. For more information, call 856-472-9495 or visit

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