A Health Report on Tomatoes
Every rule has an exception, and tomatoes are clearly that when it comes to the old saying, "If it tastes good, it must be bad for you." Recent scientific studies have discovered that tomatoes are not only delicious and versatile, but loaded with health benefits.
BETTER THAN ONE-A-DAY: Skip the vitamin pill and start your day with a glass of tomato juice: One, four-ounce tomato supplies about one-third of the daily RDA for vitamin C, plus a little beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and other B vitamins, iron and fiber.
FIGHT CANCER, EAT A TOMATO: Lycopene, the ingredient that makes a tomato red, can also make you well. Tomatoes are packed with Lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to prevent cancer.
DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS? Lycopene occurs in only a few foods besides tomatoes and since you absorb more lycopene when you eat a little fat with your tomato some olive oil or cheese isn't such a bad thing after all. Go for it!
PIZZA TO THE RESCUE: Consuming tomatoes, tomato sauce and even pizza twice a week is associated with a slightly reduced risk of prostate cancer. Other research has shown benefits against cervical, stomach and other cancers.
GET CANNED, GET HEALTHY! The Lycopene in cooked and processed tomatoes (sauce, paste, salsa, canned tomatoes) is more easily absorbed than in raw tomatoes. Conclusion: let the ketchup flow!
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