5 Proven Health Benefits of Tomatoes

3. Tomatoes may help to reduce risk of breast cancer

According to a study, a tomato-rich diet could help in protecting postmenopausal women at risk from breast cancer. Breast cancer risk increases in postmenopausal women as their body mass index increases.

The study discovered consuming a diet high in tomatoes positively impacted the hormone levels that play a part in the regulation of sugar and fat metabolism.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
DOI: 10.1210/jc.2013-3222

The benefits of consuming an abundance of tomatoes and tomato-based products, even for a short period, were evident in the study’s conclusions. The study looked at how diets rich in tomatoes as well as diets rich in soy affected a group of 70 women who were postmenopausal.

The women consumed tomato products that contained a minimum of 25 milligrams of lycopene every day for 10 weeks. They consumed a minimum of 40 grams of soy protein every day for a separate 10-week period. Before starting each test period, the participants were told to avoid consuming tomato as well as soy products for 2 weeks.

Their levels of adiponectin, a hormone involved in the regulation of blood fat and sugar levels, increased by 9% when they adhered to the diet rich in tomatoes. The effect was slightly stronger in women who had a lower BMI.

The consumption of a tomato-rich diet had a greater effect on hormone levels in those women who kept a healthy weight.

Tomato Nutrition Infographic

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Adrian has been writing on health and fitness for 18 years. He is the founder of several health related websites and the current owner of AHealthBlog, which regularly publishes evidence based health and fitness news and information. When he isn’t writing, you can find him mountain biking or surfing.

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