Nutrition Science Library
The Tomato Products Wellness Council leads the industry effort on scientific research. The Council has identified more than 200 scientific studies that demonstrate the health benefits of a diet rich in tomato products. TPWC also funds scientific research including an extensive clinical trial and additional studies that are currently underway. Through these efforts, the scientists, researchers, dieticians, nutritionists, chefs and consumers can learn more about the many benefits of tomato products.
Research Summary - Released January 2012
In July 2006, a research database was constructed to manage the most up-to-date research describing the diet-disease relationship for tomatoes, tomato products and lycopene. This database was updated in 2007, 2009 and now again in 2011 (cut off Oct 2011 for published original research). Continued.
Published research abstracts are organized into the following sections
Each disease/health-related section includes 4 subsections:
- Dietary Lycopene and Disease Risk
- Plasma/Serum Lycopene and Disease Risk;
- Lycopene Supplement and Disease Risk;
- Tomato/Tomato-based foods and Disease Risk
- Risk Reviews
- Stand Alone Sections
Special interest studies are those that were reviewed, are related to the topic area and considered of “interest” but do not specifically associate tomato or lycopene with a disease risk outcome in humans. These studies are generally older publications and focus on fruit and vegetable intake on disease risk or in the case of newer investigations focus on mechanism of action in in vivo animal or in vitro models. The summary of research database includes published work up to October 2011. The review is based on abstracts of human studies and review of full journal articles where required.
The review provides substantial information for identifying research gaps and opportunities for developing industry direction and research strategy by referencing quickly the state of the science by disease in table format.