For years, middle-aged and older men have been urged to embrace tomatoes in their diets for protection against prostate cancer. A new study suggests that tomatoes may also help in protecting postmenopausal women from breast cancer.

In the study, 70 women ate tomato products with at least 25 mg of lycopene daily over the course of 10 weeks. After a two-week wash-out period, they followed a soy-rich diet for 10 weeks. While on the tomato-heavy diet, the women’s levels of adiponectin rose. This hormone helps to regulate fat and blood sugar in beneficial directions, especially in leaner women.

The study is preliminary, but the risks of consuming fresh and cooked tomatoes daily seems extremely low. What a tasty way to improve your odds!

 [Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Dec. 18, 2013]

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  1. pp

    Only problem is if you have Acid Reflux, GERD. That condition encourages staying away from acid producing foods like tomato sauce. A little bit of fresh tomatoes can be OK.

  2. Mary

    Anyone who is sensitive to nightshade veggies might want to take a lycopene supplement instead.
    The probably the most frequently found ones are tomatoes, potatoes, all kinds of peppers including bell & hot, and eggplant.
    I would almost rather eat a basket (small) of cherry tomatoes than eat even 70% dark chocolate. Yum.
    I read an article saying that nightshades have no health problems. There were LOTS of comments below where people identified some pretty heavy duty side effects from eating them. Most doctors do not recognize those even after there were visible results.
    Want a placebo controlled trial? Not likely unless big pharma “has a drug for that”
    A 30-60 day test can confirm for you how your own body reacts to these ever present and delicious foods. Re-start them one at a time for about a week and just notice …

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