A new research conducted on mice shows that regular tomato consumption can help prevent fatty liver disease and liver cancer. Tomato contains lycopene which can protect the liver from inflammation and cancer.
Mice infected with liver carcinogen were fed unhealthy fat rich diet and also tomato powder under laboratory conditions. Mice that consumed tomato powder were successful in fighting cancer cell growth and over-growth of bacteria that causes inflammation. However, those fed on lycopene supplementation did not derive any benefits. This proves that in addition to lycopene, other nutrients such as dietary fibers, Vitamin C and E, phenolic compounds and minerals may combine to create the beneficial effect.
Lycopene is present in smaller quantities in papaya, grapefruit, guava and sweet red pepper. The effect of nutrition in preventing cancer and inflammation was known earlier but now firm scientific evidence is known for several foods including spices and fruits.