The Mighty Tomato can help to fight cancer.

In December 1995, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of a study
conducted by Harvard University researchers which showed an association between consuming a
diet rich in tomato-based foods and a decreased risk of prostate cancer.

The researchers surveyed the eating habits of over 47,000 men between the ages of 40-75 for six
years and found that the consumption of tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice and pizza was
associated with a reduced risk for developing prostate cancer. Researchers theorize that lycopene,
an antioxidant nutrient found in large amounts in tomatoes, may be responsible for this possible
protective effect.

Nutritionists and other health professionals have long advocated the cancer preventative benefits of a
diet high in fruits and vegetables. The findings of the Harvard research study support this
recommendation and suggest that tomato-based foods may be especially beneficial regarding
prostate cancer risk. Of course, cancer risk is due to many factors and diet is only one of them. At
this point it is too early to conclude that any one food can prevent cancer.

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