Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The Trendy Tomato
Red tomatoes are full of lycopene, a substance that helps lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. But orange tomatoes offer two and a half times more. Apparently, they contain a form that the body can more easily absorb.
Shopping shortcut: The tomatoes used in the study were lab-grown, but researchers say that eating orange- or gold-colored heirloom tomatoes will offer similar benefits.
Make it even healthier: Lycopene is fat-soluble, so you'll absorb more by pairing tomatoes with a healthy fat like olive oil.
Bonus benefits: One cup of orange tomatoes provides 338 percent of the RDA for vitamin A.
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