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Tomato-rich diet can lower cancer risk: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Aug. 27, 2014

Tomato-rich diet can lower prostate cancer risk.(Fotolia)


 

A diet rich in tomatoes can significantly lower the risk of men developing prostate cancer.

But men have to eat more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week to see the benefit, the British researchers say.

The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Bristol, Oxford University and Cambridge University, involved 1,806 men between the ages of 50 and 69 who had prostate cancer, and 12,005 without.

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It found men who had an optimal intake of food containing selenium, calcium and lycopene had a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Tomatoes and products made of them, including juice, sauces and baked beans, were the most beneficial, with an 18% reduction in risk found in men eating over 10 portions a week.

The researchers said further studies are needed, but men should try to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain their weight and stay active to lower their risk.

The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

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