In today’s blog the Cheapest Life insurance looks at the benefits of drinking and eating tomatoes, as well as whether or not drinking a glass of tomato juice a day could reduce the risk of females developing breast cancer.
Researchers in the US recently studied 70 women all aged 55 and above, over a ten week period in order to see how their hormones were affected when raising their tomato intake. The results came back that by increasing the amounts of tomatoes they were consuming; they produced more of a hormone than usual that is thought to help protect you against the breast cancer disease.
All of the women who took part in the research were all either overweight, or had a family member who suffered with breast cancer, which put them at a higher risk of the disease.
One glass of tomato juice a day is thought to contain the correct amount of lycopene, which is the plant chemical that is thought to be behind the effects. Lycopene is responsible for giving fruits and vegetables their bright red, orange and yellow colourings. It is also a great anti-oxidant and can fight against free radicals that could
Other foods that contain Lycopene are:
- Guavas (Pink and Strawberry)
- Grapefruit (Pink and Red)
- Dried Parsley and Basil
- Liver Pâté
- Chilli Powder
- Red Cabbage
British experts have however said the weakness within the study, means that there is no need to stock up on tomatoes. Yinka Ebo from Cancer Research UK says that ‘Our diet is made up of lots of different foods and nutrients and many of these affect our risk of cancer, often in combination with one another’.
‘Eating any one specific food is unlikely to have a majo
‘There’s no need to start stocking up on tomatoes, women can reduce the risk of breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, drinking less alcohol and being physically active’.r impact on preventing cancer on its own.’
So whether or not tomatoes can ward off developing breast cancer, tomatoes are still a great fruit for a healthy lifestyle. Just one medium tomato contains contain 40% of the RDA of vitamin C, 20% of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 % of the RDA for Iron and 1% of the RDA for calcium. They are also low in calories, fat free and can make your skin look and feel great!