This is a post that I love because we grow olive trees and produce an award winning extra virgin olive oil. Following a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetable, fish, whole grains, and olive oil has been shown to lower the incidence of heart disease, stroke and dementia.
Now a new study based on the answers of more than 4,000 women found that those who followed an olive oil heavy Mediterranean diet had a 68% lower risk of developing breast cancer than those who followed a standard Mediterranean diet. To get this benefit olive oil had to comprise more than 15% of the woman's total daily calories. For every additional 5 per cent of calories from extra virgin olive oil the risk for developing breast cancer was lowered even more.