Following is a summary of the promising lycopene research conducted during the past few years.
Information about Tomatoes:
- Tomatoes are lipophilic, which means their nutritional value is increased by being cooked in some fat.
- Cooked tomatoes may be more beneficial to your health than raw tomatoes.
- Tomatoes are rich in vitamins (A, C Calcium) and fiber.
- Tomatoes are rich the antioxidant Lycopene.
They found significantly more lycopene in the fat of the controls than the heart patients. Not surprisingly, the diet of the control group was also higher in tomato products.
Material taken in part from the Florida Tomato Committee website at www.floridatomatoes.org/education.html
Also about 500 years ago people with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead (in the pewter) to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, flavonoids and other phytochemicals with anticarcinogenic properties
- Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (the vitamin C is most concentrated in the jelly-like substance that surrounds the seeds)
- They also contain vitamin A and B-complex vitamins, potassium and phosphorus
- A tomato grown in a hothouse has half the vitamin C content as a vine-ripened tomato