“Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention. Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active”
Vanessa Er, from the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol and Bristol Nutrition BRU, August 2014.
Rates of prostate cancer are much higher in countries eating the meat-heavy, sugar-rich, highly-processed, low-fibre diet.
The study is the very first look at dietary components of the diet compared with prostate cancer incidence.
Men who eat over 10 portions a week of tomatoes have an 18 per cent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests.
Interestingly, only the recommendation on plant foods - high intake of fruits, vegetables and dietary fibre - was found to be “associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer”.
Study by reasearcher at the National Institure for Health Reseach Bristol Nutrition Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle at University Hospitals Briston NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol (NIHR Bristol Nutrition BRU), as part of the ProtecT study, on the diets and lifestyle of almost 14,000 men aged 50-69, as published in the medical journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, August 2014.