Tomatoes are high in antioxidants, which means they fight against disease. Lycopene, the phytonutrient that gives tomatoes their red color, belongs to the family of carotenoids that have heart-healthy and cancer-preventing properties as well as preventive for strokes and blood clots since it’s reported to lessen the stickiness of blood cells.
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Keep in mind lycopene equates to longevity!
Tomato is one of the few foods that actually release more nutrients when cooked, especially lycopene. Also, combine with a bit of healthy oil to increase the intestinal absorption of the lycopene.
Note: Watermelon (coming into season very soon!) and pink grapefruit are other rich sources of lycopene.
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Source: Prime-Time Health by Williams Sears, MD