Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tomato-rich diet may prevent prostate cancer

CANCER DIGEST – Aug. 27, 2014 – Men who eat over 10 servings of tomatoes a week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. 

Published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, the researchers led by Vanessa Er, from the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Bristol Nutrition BRU sought to develop a prostate cancer 'dietary index' which consists of dietary components – selenium, calcium and foods rich in lycopene, found in such foods as tomatoes, bread and pasta, and dairy products.
They looked at the diets and lifestyle of 12,005 cancer-free men and compared them to 1,806 men aged between 50 and 69 who had prostate cancer.

They found that the men who had optimal intake of the three dietary components had a lower risk of prostate cancer, but those who ate more tomatoes and its products – such as tomato juice and baked beans - were shown to have an 18 percent lower risk. 

"Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention,” said Er in a statement. “However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human [clinical] trials. Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.”  

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