Tomatoes impact on Breast Cancer risk.

tomatoesA new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & has revealed that tomatoes act as a for . Eating a diet high in tomatoes had a positive impact on the level of hormones that play a role in regulating fat and sugar . The women involved in this study ate tomato products containing 25 milligrams of lycopene on a daily basis for 10 weeks. For a separate 10 week period the study group consumed at least 40 grams of soy daily.
“The advantages of eating plenty of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were clearly evident in our findings,” said the study’s first author, Adana Llanos, PhD, MPH, who is an of Epidemiology at Rutgers University. “Eating , which are rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals such as lycopene, conveys significant benefits. Based on this data, we believe regular of at least the daily recommended servings of would promote prevention in an at-risk population.”

When the effects of the tomato-rich diet were charted participants’ levels of adiponectin, a hormone involved in regulating blood sugar and fat levels, climbed 9 percent. The effect was slightly stronger in women who had a lower body mass index.

“The findings demonstrate the importance of obesity prevention,” Llanos said. “Consuming a diet rich in tomatoes had a larger impact on hormone levels in women who maintained a healthy weight.”


Adana Llanos, PhD, MPH et al. Effects of Tomato and Soy on Serum Adipokine Concentrations in at Increased Risk: A Cross-over Trial. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & , December 2013

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