FDA says "no" in Tomato connection to reduced cancer risk: From "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider"
From today's post at "Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider". Google site
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FDA Finds No Link Between Tomatoes and Reduced Cancer Risk
Despite the fact that a number of studies have been reported that show
an association between tomato and/or lycopene intake and a reduced
risk of some types of cancer, the FDA has seen a different picture.
In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received two
petitions for qualified health claims regarding tomatoes, lycopene,
and the risk reduction for some forms of cancer. (Health claims that
characterize the relationship between a food or food component and a
disease or health-related condition require premarket approval by FDA
to be included on the labels of conventional foods and dietary
supplements.) Since then, the agency has been investigating the matter
The FDA has found "no credible evidence to support an association
between lycopene intake and a reduced risk of prostate, lung,
colorectal, gastric, breast, ovarian, endometrial, or pancreatic
cancer." The FDA also found no credible evidence for an association
between tomato consumption and a reduced risk of lung, colorectal,
breast, cervical, or endometrial cancer. The FDA found "very limited
evidence" to support an association between tomato consumption and
reduced risks of prostate, ovarian, gastric, and pancreatic cancers,
and so at this point, those seeking functional food status for their
lycopene containing products will not be getting their wish.
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