Tomatoes may help prevent breast cancer

Posted at: 12/20/2013 5:36 PM
By: WNYT Staff

A new reason for older women to eat tomatoes and tomato based products.

It may help to cut the risk for breast cancer.

It has to do with a woman's weight.

As an older woman's body mass index increases, so does her risk of breast cancer.

Researchers say lycopene and other nutrients found in tomatoes boosts a hormone which regulates blood sugar and fat levels.

They say a tomato rich diet had the biggest impact on women who maintained a healthy weight later in life.