Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tomato Week: Nutritional Powerhouse

Picture courtesy of Stuart Spates - A Clear Image Fine Photography

Color, flavor, texture - the properties of tomatoes all lend themselves to great eating pleasure. Happily, eating tomatoes also benefits our health.
Lycopene, a carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, is thought to have potent antioxidant properties. The European Commission is backing a five-year research project called Lycocard, a research consortium studying the role of lycopene in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis, diseases that may result in part from oxidative stress.
Mmmm- mmmmm good and good for you. Lovely. For an in-depth nutritional profile click here: Tomato.

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