Tomato Consumption Halves Risk of Skin Cancer

A new study on effects of daily tomato consumption in mice has delivered some shocking results.

According to the Ohio State University tomato consumption can halve the risk of skin cancer.

The scientists fed some male mice a diet consisting of 10 per cent tomato powder for 35 weeks, after which they were exposed to ultraviolet light. The results showed an average decrease of 50 per cent in tumours compared to mice that had not been exposed to the tomato powder.

The theory behind the relationship between tomatoes and cancer is that dietary carotenoids, the pigmenting compounds that give tomatoes their colour, may protect skin against UV light damage, said Jessica Cooperstone, co-author of the study and a research scientist in the Department of Food Science and Technology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

There was no significant difference in the tumour numbers when it came to females, which further proves the idea that cancer research needs to focus on men and women separately. What might work for one, might not work for the other.