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This is Why Tomatoes are Skin Superfoods

A diet rich in tomatoes can cut skin cancer risk in half, according to a new study published in Scientific Reports. Pizza, heirloom tomato toast, and gazpacho have never looked so good – or so smart.

Researchers at the Ohio State University found that consuming tomatoes daily cut the risk of skin cancer tumors in mice by half, in the recent study.

Researchers fed male mice a diet made up of ten percent tomato powder for 35 weeks while exposing them to ultraviolet (UV) light. On average, the mice that consumed tomatoes experienced a 50 percent decrease in skin cancer tumors, as opposed to mice who did not consume tomatoes.

What makes tomatoes so skin-protective? The carotenoids, or plant pigments, found in tomatoes (and many other fruits and vegetables) act...

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