Ketchup A Health Food?
move from Heinz: ketchup as health food. Well, it's
true that tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, an
anti-oxidant that may help protect against
cardiovascular disease and cancers of the prostate,
lung, bladder, cervix, pancreas and digestive tract.
Cooked tomatoes are even better as cooking and the
temperature change of processing actually releases
lycopene and makes it more easily absorbed by the
body. A raw tomato has only slightly more lycopene
than a table spoon of tomato ketchup. Also good
sources: chili sauce, tomato juice and tomato paste.
Lycopene is found in most fruit and vegetables such
as watermelons and guava~it's actually the red
pigment in them.