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Tomatoes cut risk of prostate cancer

By Claire Hayhurst

Published 28/08/2014

Men who eat more than 10 portions of tomato products, including baked beans, each week have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, research suggests
Men who eat more than 10 portions of tomato products, including baked beans, each week have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, research suggests

Men who eat more than 10 portions of tomato products, including baked beans, each week have an 18% lower risk of developing prostate cancer, research suggests.

Those with an optimal intake of three components – selenium, calcium and foods rich in lycopene – were found to have a significantly reduced risk of developing the deadly disease.

And men who consumed more than 10 portions of tomatoes, including tomato juice, saw an 18% reduction in risk.

Eating the recommended five servings or more of fruit or vegetables a day was also found to decrease the danger by 24%, compared to men who ate two-and-a-half servings or less.

Vanessa Er, from the University of Bristol and Bristol Nutrition BRU, said: "Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention.

"We also found that men who ate more fruits and vegetables had a reduced risk of prostate cancer."

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with around 10,000 deaths in the UK every year.

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