U.S. restaurants have eliminated fresh tomatoes from their menus
because of a salmonella scare. But processed tomatoes may become the
latest food craze because of new research. The research shows that a
particular tomato product -- dried tomatoes -- helps prevent prostate
cancer, at least in laboratory rats.
When tomatoes are processed and dehydrated, an organic carbohydrate, or sugar known as FruHis, is produced.
Professor Valeri Mossine at the University of Missouri says
this could be the ingredient that prevents or even helps fight prostate
results demonstrated that incidence of prostate cancer in the
animals that were receiving tomato paste plus this carbohydrate was six
times lower as compared to the prostate cancer rate in the control
Many studies point to the cancer prevention properties of tomatoes.
These studies have suggested that lycopene, the pigment
that makes tomatoes red, is the ingredient.
But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says these studies failed to
show a connection between tomato consumption and a reduction in the
risk of prostate cancer, or any other cancer.
Professor Mossine says he would like to better understand how the
tomato pigment, lycopene, and the carbohydrate FruHis interact with
Professor Mossine says this knowledge also may eventually be used along with
chemotherapy in battling cancer, that giving patients the non-toxic
chemicals from tomatoes might mean these patients could receive smaller
doses of the toxic chemicals in chemotherapy.