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FNRI: tomatoes are healthy, prevents cancer

Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:23 AM    Views : 510by:JSC/Llj/PIA6 Negros Occ.

NEGROS OCC.,  Jan. 18 (PIA6) -- The Food and Nutrition Research lnstitute  (FNRI)  is urging Filipinos to eat tomatoes as it is nutritious.

The vegetable is also believed to prevent prostate cancer.

FNRI said that half a cup of fresh tomato weighing 42 grams as appetizer for lunch and dinner can give you 10.8  kilocalories for energy, 0.36 grams of protein, 0.12 grams of fat, 12.4 milligrams of calcium, 10.4 milligrams of phosphorus, 0.4 milligrams of iron, 152 micrograms of beta carotene, 0.02 milligrams of thiamin, 0.012 milligrams of riboflavin, 0.24 milligrams of niacin, and 13.6 milligrams of vitamin C. 

A variety of epidemiological studies by Giovannucci in 2002; Mill in 1989 and Wu in 2004 have suggested that dietary factors may decrease the risk of prostate cancer, the state nutrition office further said.

Increased consumption of tomatoes, carotenoids, Vitamin C, selenium, cruciferous vegetables, polyphenols, soy, fish, green tea or vitamin D may all be linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer.

Their studies further show that an increased consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly reduces the incidence of prostate cancer. 

Lycopene and tomato products appear to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in epidemiological studies. 

A study led by Giovannucci in 1995 showed that lycopene and tomato product intakes were associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer. 

One study led by Gann in 1999 suggested a strong inverse association between aggressiveness of the cancer and plasma lycopene. 

Another study ted by Wu in 2004 showed an inverse association between plasma lycopene concentrations and risk of prostate cancer although only in older men without a history of the disease. 

The results of these epidemiological studies support a hypothesis that tomato products and lycopene consumption reduce the risk of prostate cancer and supports further testing of this relationship with animal and human trials. 

"With all the health benefits of eating tomatoes, make it a habit to include in your daily meals tomatoes as appetizer or an ingredient in the dishes," FNRI said. (JSC/Llj/PIA6 Negros Occ.)

Source: http://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1004186

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