Washington: Tomatoes and soy foods, when eaten together, could be more effective in preventing prostate cancer than when either of them is eaten alone, a study has claimed.John Erdman a University of Illinois professor of food science and nutrition, said that for their study they used mice that were genetically engineered to develop an aggressive form of prostate cancer.He said that even so, half the animals that consumed tomato and soy had no cancerous lesions in the prostate at study`s end.However, all the mice in the control group-no soy, no tomato-developed the disease, he said.From the time the mice were 4 to 18 weeks old, the animals were fed one of four diets, (1) 10 percent whole tomato powder; (2) 2 percent soy germ; (3) tomato powder plus soy germ; and (4) a control group that ate neither tomato nor soy.Erdman said that the 4- to 18-week time frame modelled an early and lifelong exposure to the bioactive components in these foods.
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