Can Tomatoes Slice Prostate Cancer Risk?

Armed with a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists from the University of Illinois and Ohio State University are tracing how tomato compounds help reduce the risk of prostate cancer in humans. Using isotopic labeling of the three tomato carotenoids—lycopene, phytoene, and phytofluene—they’re tracking the absorption and metabolism of these substances in the body, hoping to unlock the mysteries of how tomatoes seem to protect against prostate cancer.1

The prospect that something as simple as eating tomatoes can help fend off prostate cancer is exciting. After all, the National Cancer Institute estimates there will be more than 217,000 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States this year, resulting in more than 32,000 deaths.1

“Most men are going to get prostate cancer if they live long enough,” says John Erdman, PhD, professor emeritus of the department of food science and human nutrition at the University of Illinois who’s been studying the effects of tomatoes on prostate cancer since the mid-1990s and is the co-lead researcher on the NIH-funded study. “Many men between 40 and 50 develop early-stage prostate cancer, and it may continue to develop over 20 years. It’s important to reduce the growth of the tumor. If you can control this by diet so that the tumor doesn’t get large enough to cause problems, you’ve saved a lot of lives.”

Read the complete article in Today’s Dietitian that includes a recipe – Home-Style Turkey Vegetable Lasagna ….