There are several publications citing the health benefits associated with eating tomatoes.
- 1997, The American Anti-cancer Society. "Men who consume 10 servings of tomato weekly are 35% less likely to develop prostate cancer and are 50% less likely to suffer from heart disease.
- 2003, Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2003, British Journal of Urology. 2004, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2005, Journal of Urology. These reports indicate that "those men with high tomato consumption showed an 11% lower occurrence of prostate cancer, while the occurrence in those men who consumed cooked tomatoes was reduced by 19%. Even men who consumed one tomato per day were associated with a 3% reduction in prostate cancer.
- 2005. Journal of Nutrition. Individuals who consume adequate quantities of tomato showed a reduced occurrence of pancreatic cancer.
- Cornell University, USA. Tomato samples were heated to 88°C for 2, 15 and 30 minutes. The vitamin C content was reduced by 10, 15 and 29%, respectively, while the trans-lycopene content increased by 54, 171 and 164%, respectively. The content of cis-Lycopene, which is more easily taken up by the body increased by 5, 17 and 35%, respectively. After heating for 2, 15 and 30 minutes, the total anti-oxidant level in the tomatoes increased by 28, 34 and 62%, respectively. Thus, upon heating the tomatoes, the vitamin levels are reduced but the anti-oxidant activity is significantly increased. The explanation for this phenomenon is simple, since heating destroys the tomato cell membranes, resulting in the release of higher quantities of lycopene.
- 2003. Journal of Nutrition. Studies by the American Food and Drug Administration indicated that only the natural intake of lycopene corresponded to higher anti-oxidant activity. Lycopene probably interacts with other compounds contained in tomatoes and likely has better results when cooked with olive oil.
- Facial masks of tomato and yogurt are known for their beneficial effects which restore the skinĘs natural acidity.