Consuming traditional Mediterranean foods, especially olive oil, has been linked to lower chances of contracting breast cancer.
All females can benefit from a Mediterranean diet. This consists of oily fish, nuts, lentils, colorful citrus fruits, dark leafy green fibrous vegetables and extra virgin olive oil. The extra virgin olive oil is normally drizzled onto salads and dishes in a raw state.
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Now there is conclusive evidence in favor of this sort of eating pattern. Not only does this diet of Greek Warriors and Olympians protect against heart disease, it may even ward off any signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Four tablespoons per day of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) can cut risks of breast cancer among woman by a great amount. The experiment was conducted in a precise manner. Over 4000 elderly women were put on a Mediterranean style regimen.
They were specifically given olive oil and the diet was kept low in fat. During the next half decade or so, the females slashed their rates of breast cancer risk by more than half. This is indeed a miracle of nutritional accuracy. The study was however conducted on white women only. So its applicability is limited. But nevertheless it has its merits.
The Mediterranean diet can not only prevent breast cancer, it also reduces any chances of CV disease. It furthermore has a salubrious effect on health and well-being. In its potency as a disease fighter, it matches the Asian diet. And the people of Asia are known to be the healthiest and fittest on the face of the planet.
The Mediterranean diet almost makes you ponder whether the health benefits are in the olive oil alone. Extra virgin olive oil is simply the freshly squeezed juice of olives. The yellowish oil contains polyphenols which reduce inflammation (a common symptom of obesity) and pain.
The fresher the ingredients in the Mediterranean diet, the more the benefits. Among some of the other food items that every health-conscious individual on the planet should have on their shopping list are: tomatoes, onions, garlic, legumes, chickpeas, yogurt, eggs, eggplant and spinach.
These comprise some of the salient nutritionally power-packed foods in the Mediterranean diet. The diet has been known to be the reason behind the super-fit physiques and disease-free lifestyles of the denizens of the region.
It combines the best of both East and West. And it is an ideal consumption strategy to offset the risks of the degenerative diseases of modern civilization such as obesity, heart disease and constipation.
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This study published on Monday in Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine.