Body weight Management

Nine (9) publications meeting criteria for this review were available. No investigations specifically measured the effect of tomato / tomato-based foods or lycopene on weight loss or weight management endpoints. However, adults and children who have a higher body mass index or who have greater fat mass tend to have lower concentrations of plasma carotenoids and lycopene. These findings may reflect dietary patterns and or absorption or metabolic insufficiencies in overweight and obese individuals compared to healthy weight individuals. Research on dietary lycopene intake, supplementation and tomato-specific intake on body weight management and obesity-associated metabolic endpoints will expand the understanding of this relationship.

Main Findings

Plasma/Serum Lycopene
and Disease Risk

This section critically evaluates the relationship between plasma/serum lycopene concentrations and body mass index (BMI).

Critical Findings