There may be more benefits to eating olive oil than just its intense flavor. In fact, recent research has proven that the super-food may prevent the onset of breast cancer.
According to research conducted at the Universitat Autonoma in Barcelona, consumption of the tasty cooking component was shown to reduce tumor growth and inhibit the development of the disease.
"Even though caution must be exercised when applying experimental data to human breast cancer, our findings emphasize the importance that certain dietetic habits may have on cancer promotion," said Dr Eduard Escrich, one of the scientists involved in the study.
The data was collected from laboratory rats and showed that olive oil contains a substance that inhibits tumor growth and naturally battles a protein that is needed for cancerous cells to multiply.
The researchers advised people to increase their intake of the cherished monosaturated fat to at least 10 teaspoons a day.
The health benefits of olive oil extend beyond the prevention of cancer. In fact, the food been shown to give a boost to one's heart health and lower cholesterol.