Tomatoes might be nutritious and tasty, say researchers based at the National Cancer Institute and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, but don't count on them to prevent prostate cancer. Lycopene, an antioxidant predominately found in tomatoes, the researchers report in the May issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, does not effectively prevent prostate cancer.

In fact, the researchers noted an association between beta-carotene, an antioxidant related to lycopene, and an increased risk for aggressive prostate cancer. In a preliminary report last year from the same study researchers noted that antioxidant supplements have weak, mixed results for prostate cancer.

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