The Tomato Pill : Stroke Of Genius Or Money Making Ploy?

The potential role that tomatoes might have in the prevention of certain conditions such as heart disease and some cancers is relatively well accepted. Scientists and Dietitians have been recommending the consumption of tomatoes (e.g. 1 beef tomato or a handful of cherry tomatoes per portion) because of their relatively high levels of Lycopene, a natural antioxidant that may lend itself well to fighting certain cancers and heart disease.

So naturally, any nutritional component that seems to show even a glimmer of benefit to health will be harnessed, bottled (or in this case made into a pill) and sold! I suppose it makes sense to see if this really can help in the fight against cancer etc, especially considering tomatoes aren’t to everybody’s taste. I see their rationale, Lycopene content varies depending on the form the tomato takes e.g. tomato ketchup is thought to contain more Lycopene than raw tomatoes because it is in a relatively concentrated form. So it may stand to reason that concentrated Lycopene in pill form may support the fight against cancer. However, despite all this, there is no way that a pill should ever replace a balanced diet, a diet that contains a variety of fruit and veg will deliver adequate antioxidants as well as fibre and sustenance to help keep you full. Include some apricots and maybe some watermelon into your diet too, and your Lycopene levels will be topped up nicely.


BBC News Health, (2014). ‘Tomato pill’ hope for stopping heart disease. Retrieved 12th June, 2014, from


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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