Natural Health News A tomato-rich diet may help protect at-risk postmenopausal women from breast cancer.
Breast cancer risk rises in postmenopausal women as their body mass index climbs. However the current study found that eating a diet high in tomatoes had a positive effect on the level of hormones that play a role in regulating fat and sugar metabolism.
The longitudinal cross-over study examined the effects of both tomato-rich and soya-rich diets in a group of 70 postmenopausal women. For 10 weeks, the women ate tomato products containing at least 25 milligrams of lycopene daily.
Over a separate 10-week period, the participants consumed at least 40 grams of soya protein daily. Before each test period began, the women were instructed to abstain from eating both tomato and soya products for two weeks.
Better than soya?
When they followed the tomato-rich diet, participants levels of adiponectin a hormone involved in regulating blood sugar and …