Health Bite: Eating Tomatoes Can Protect You From Cancer

Tomatoes, health benifits

Tomatoes currently top the superfood list as a never-ending stream of studies confirm the health benefits of the plant nutrient called lycopene which gives tomatoes their distinctive red colour.

The natural chemical appears to have protective effects against some cancers, and research earlier this year has shown that lycopene could reduce expansion of the prostate – a condition very common in men in later life.

You get more lycopene from processed tomatoes than fresh, so enjoy a drink of tomato juice (25 mg of lycopene a glass) and add tomato paste to sauces, soups and stews (7 mg per tablespoon). You can also boost lycopene absorption by adding a little olive oil to the cooking process.

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Hannah McLaren

I've worked at DC Thomson for six years! I began as an intern at My Weekly and The Scots Magazine, which was extended by a few months to help out at The People's Friend. I then covered maternity as Celebrity Editor for My Weekly, before I became Multimedia Journalist at The Scots Magazine. Currently I'm writing digital content across each title.