Study: Olive oil linked to lower risk of breast cancer

RHODE ISLAND (NBC) — A new study from Spain shows there are plenty of health benefits to adding extra virgin olive oil into your diet.

Mary Flynn has been doing her own research. She’s a dietitian at The Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island. Flynn has been prescribing extra virgin olive oil to her breast cancer patients for years.

When she compared a low fat diet to her plant-based diet rich in olive oil, she found the breast cancer risk went down. So, did something else.

“I was very surprised to find out they lost more weight with the higher olive oil diet” said Flynn. “Also, they had lower levels of insulin, glucose and triglycerides.”

Since the mid-90s there have been a number of studies looking at the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil; showing it improves memory, can prevent heart disease and that you can even lose weight by incorporating it in to your diet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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