Olive oil may reduce colorectal cancer risk

Olive oil may reduce colorectal cancer risk, suggest British researchers who compared diets with cancer incidences in 28 countries around the world. From food and cancer databases, they linked high meat consumption to more colon and rectal cancers, while olive oil was linked to less cancer. Meat may raise levels of deoxycholic acid, a bile salt that might trigger tumor formation. Olive oil may protect by decreasing deoxycholic acid levels.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, October 2000.

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