Can consuming tomato products reduce the risk of certain diseases and contribute to total/cause-specific mortality? In a study written by Cambridge University Press, researchers aimed to determine the long-term effects of tomato and lycopene consumption. In order to do so, they began by assessing the changes in cardio-metabolic factors, such as obesity, hypertension, and blood sugar levels. The participants of the study included 23,935 individuals who were, on average, 47 years old and approximately half of them were men. The results of the study showed that tomato intake and lycopene consumption were inversely related with the total mortality, cause-specific mortality, congenital heart disease, and cerebrovascular mortality. However, these results were independent of certain factors, such as anthropometric, clinical, and nutritional parameters. Surprisingly, lycopene consumption and risk of certain diseases were not affected by age and obesity. Overall, the results suggest that tomato consumption can positively impact the health of individuals.
Although further evidence-based studies need to be conducted to confirm the impact of lycopene and tomato intake, we know that tomato products can reduce the risk of certain diseases. Canned, cooked, and fresh tomatoes all contain lycopene, which has been shown to improve overall health. In addition to lycopene, tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, and other antioxidants. These nutrients are critical for both short and long term health, so it’s important to incorporate tomato products into your meals. Tomato is a versatile ingredient and can be paired well with just about any food — pasta, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more! So, go ahead and dive into the goodness of canned tomatoes for yourself!
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