A new study seeks to end the long-standing belief that eating tomatoes will help men ward off prostate cancer.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle , Washington , and checked the blood of 28,000 men.

In doing so, they found no advantage to the consumption of high levels of lycopene, an antioxidant most commonly found in tomatoes.

The study was led by Dr. Ulrike Peters and recommends that men seeking to reduce their risk of prostate cancer should maintain a healthy diet loaded with fruit and vegetables, but insists the mass consumption of tomatoes alone is entirely ineffective.