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Cancer and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mediterranean Diet And Cancer

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. It can develop from oxidative stress, lifestyle, diet, and other factors. There are many treatments for cancer including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, and medicine, but these can also do a lot of harm to your body. In 2018 alone, according to the World Cancer Research Fund, there was a total of 9.6 million deaths with lung and breast cancer being the highest and lowest being liver cancer. Scientists are constantly looking for alternative ways of cancer treatment that are less toxic to the body. Extra virgin olive oil which is a main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet “is considered a powerful and manageable method to fight cancer incidence” (2), in turn increasing your quality of life

Why Switch Out Your Kitchen Oils for Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Switching out the oils in your kitchen for a bottle of extra virgin olive oil can do so much for your body in the long run. Several studies have shown that extra virgin olive oil is “more beneficial against cancer than other forms of added lipids” (1). It’s rich in antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals and anti-inflammatory nutrients, perfect for a healthy lifestyle. 

In Mediterranean countries, there is a lower incidence “of cancer of the large bowel, breast, endometrium, and prostate” (1). Although most of us have a busy schedule, we still need to take care of our bodies. All you need is one to two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day to see the many benefits, so go ahead and drizzle it onto your meals! This not only works for cancer but can also help improve your heart health and immune health as well.

Written by Mandy Zhen
Reviewed by Kelly Powers, MA, RDN, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who takes a holistic approach to nutrition and health. Kelly is a recipe developer with a food blog highlighting whole foods, simple recipes, and her life in San Francisco. She’s the creator of 52 Weeks, a weekly meal plan program that helps users get back in the kitchen and feed themselves well. Kelly is also a co-founder of Olivaio.