Healing Kitchen

Ketchup--America's beloved condiment--has in recent years found another good reason to be in everyone's pantry. As a concentrated tomato product (like tomato paste, juice, and sauce), ketchup is also a concentrated source of lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid (a class of phytochemicals that bestow pigments to plants) that is being studied for its role in preventing certain diseases. Growing evidence links lycopene to immune boosting, as well as protection against cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. Most significant have been findings linking lycopene with protection against prostate cancer.
Date Published: 01/01/2003
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