Mediterranean Diet Cancer: Olive Oil, Cereals And Fruits Could Reduce Uterine Cancer Risk

May 29, 2015 09:44 AM EDT | By Victoria Guerra

There are many benefits to the famous diet that comes from Southern Europe like Greece, southern Italy and Spain, and scientists have uncovered more and more benefits of a diet rich in olive oil, legumes, fruits, vegetables and unrefined cereals - and now, that also includes Mediterranean diet's cancer prevention.

In the past, Food World News has reported on a number of findings regarding this diet's health benefits, like how it can prevent heart disease by half and one of its strong components, red wine, greatly boosts good cholesterol on patients with diabetes - and the Mediterranean diet's cancer benefits are just one in a list of many.

According to Science Daily, the discovery on the Mediterranean diet's cancer prevention benefits was made by experts from Cancer Research UK, in a study recently published on the British Journal of Cancer under the name "Mediterranean diet and risk of endometrial cancer: a pooled analysis of three Italian case-control studies."

As WebMD reports, the Mediterranean diet's cancer benefits were discovered as the research team analyzed the diet plan of over 5,000 Italian women, checking to see how well they followed the country's well-known diet, which also emphasizes foods such as nuts, potatoes, fish and mono-saturated fats - all while cutting back on dairy products and meat.

The Mediterranean diet's cancer findings were astounding, as it was discovered that those women who followed at least seven of the nine components basic to the diet had actually reduced their risk of uterine cancer by 57 percent.

"Our research shows the impact a healthy balanced diet could have on a woman's risk of developing womb cancer," said the Mediterranean diet cancer study's lead author, Dr. Cristina Bosetti, according to Medical News Today. "This adds more weight to our understanding of how our everyday choices, like what we eat and how active we are, affect our risk of cancer."

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