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A tomato a day. . .

A Tomato a Day Can Keep the Cancer Away

Heap on the marinara sauce because tomatoes and tomato-based products can significantly lower your risk of cancer, according to a summary study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Researchers examined 72 past studies on the link between cancer and tomato consumption. Fifty-seven of the studies showed people who ate large amounts of tomatoes had a lower risk of cancer. The benefits were strongest for cancers of the prostate gland, lung and stomach.

So, what's the magic secret? It could be lycopene, a compound found principally in tomatoes that protects cells from cancer-causing oxidants.

Source: ehealth Fall 1999

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