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Olive oil may protect against bowel cancer

20-Sep-2000

Olive oil alone may protect against bowel cancer, according to a recent study. Researchers looked at cancer rates from the International Agency for Research in Cancer from 1987 to 1992. They also used data from the International Olive Oil Council to look at food consumption and bowel cancer patterns for 28 countries, including most of Europe, the United Kingdom,the United States, Canada, Brazil, Colombia and China. Scientists reached certain conclusions:- that a diet high in meat and fish combined was associated with an increased risk in bowel cancer; that a diet high in just meat and low in cereals and vegetables was also linked to a greater risk and finally, that olive oil protected against bowel cancer regardless of fruit and vegetable consumption.

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