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Report: Eat Your Tomatoes

July 13, 2007

A new report, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, offers more evidence of the link between a diet with fruits and vegetables and reduced cancer risk. Matt Flory with the American Cancer Society in Minnesota says the study connects tomatoes with good health.

“It did find some limited benefit in terms of risk from prostate, ovarian, gastric and pancreatic cancers.”

He sees the study as more evidence of the benefits of a balanced diet and overall health.

Flory cautions that no one should change their diet based on a single study, but in this case, the findings are further proof of what we already know.

“The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the more you crowd out things you shouldn't. Fruits and vegetables are high in nutrients. They're low in calories. And, they're an essential part of weight control, balancing diet and physical activity. This has been demonstrated to at least delay its onset, but even prevent it in some people.”

Flory recommends fruits and vegetables with the most color, such as broccoli, tomatoes and cantaloupe. They're full of nutrients associated with lower risk of cancer and other diseases.

He adds that while you can't eliminate the risk of cancer, there are ways to lower it.

The study is in the July 10 edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN