A tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer, according to research from Ohio State University.
The study, online in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that eating a diet high in tomatoes had a positive effect on the level of hormones that play a role in regulating fat and sugar metabolism. Breast cancer risk rises in postmenopausal women as their body mass index climbs.
«The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were clearly evident in our findings», said Adana Llanos, PhD MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Rutgers University and the study’s first author.
«Eating fruits and vegetables, which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits», Dr Llanos said. «Based on this data, we believe regular consumption of at least the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables would promote breast cancer prevention in an at-risk population», she said.