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Researchers Test New Tomato Juice

Posted - Sep. 8, 2004 at 8:58 a.m.



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Dr. Kim Mulvihill reportingIt looks like watery spaghetti and might not win a gold medal any time soon at the county fair.

But researchers are testing a juiced-up tomato juice that's packed with potential to fight cancer.

Robin Rosselot believes in the old saying that you are what you eat.

So when researchers at the Comprehensie Cancer Center at Ohio State mixed up a healhty new juice cocktail, Robin was the first to belly up to the bar.

Robin Rosselot : "It does taste a little bit different than the typical tomato juice that you would buy at the store."

The reason it tastes so different is that the tomato juice is juiced up with soy, a mixture of two potentially poweruful disease fighters in one cocktail.

"We think if we can get some of the biologically active components that are in this food into the blood, we have a good chance of then influencing health and disease outcomes."

Why does this mix pack such a potentially powerful punch? Soy contains isoflavones and tomatoes have lycopene. Both are believed to help fight cancer.

Researchers believe the benefits may not stop there.

"I think this product will be relevant to disease processes ranging from osteoporosis to various types of cardiovascular disease."

Isoflavones in soy may act like estrogen, and be helpful to some women. But for other women, who are at high risk for breast cancer, a food that acts like estrogen may not be a good idea.

For now, scientists are testing the drink in hopes of getting it out of the lab and into our diets.

The trick to soy is that soy is heavy and tends to precipitate in liquid. They finally found a recipe that blends together and stays together.

Instead of using soy protein, researchers tried soy germ instead.

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