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Tomatoes ‘Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer by 20%’

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Tomato for the Taste cover about 57 different things you can do with your homegrown tomatoes. Taken in the pd studio on August 10, 2011 (Allison Carey/The Plain Dealer)

Tomato for the Taste cover about 57 different things you can do with your homegrown tomatoes. Taken in the pd studio on August 10, 2011 (Allison Carey/The Plain Dealer)

 

(Daily Mail) – And men who doubled their intake of fruit and vegetables to the recommended five portions a day reduced their risk by nearly a quarter, say scientists.

In the first study of its kind, researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford examined the diets and lifestyles of nearly 14,000 men aged 50 to 69. They found that those who ate at least ten portions of tomatoes a week were 18 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who had none, or very few.

One portion counted as 150g of tomatoes, half a tin of baked beans, a portion of pizza with tomato puree, tomato-based pasta sauce or a glass of tomato juice.

However, the researchers urged men not to overindulge in baked beans, pizza and pasta sauce as they can contain high levels of salt.

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