Tomatoes linked with lowering prostate cancer risk
New research has found that eating tomatoes regularly may help lower risk of developing prostate cancer--the second most common cancer in men around the world.
Scientists at the University of Bristol in the U.K. assessed the diets and lifestyles of men between ages 50 and 69—1,806 of whom had prostate cancer and 12,005 of whom had no cancer. The researchers found that men who ate 10 or more servings of tomatoes or tomato products per week—such as tomato juice and sauce—reduced their risk of developing prostate cancer by about 18 percent.
The results of the study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, suggest that tomatoes may play a role in prostate cancer prevention. The health benefits of tomatoes may be due to their lycopene content, researchers said, which is a naturally occurring chemical that has been linked to improved cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol.
Researchers noted that further studies are needed to confirm their findings. Additionally, they warned that people should avoid eating a lot of tomato products in processed foods. They tend to contain a high amount of salt, fat and added sugar.