By Michelle Fabio
Super tomatoes have arrived.
British supermarket chain Tesco claims that its “Healthy Living Tomato on the Vine” has up to twice the level of lycopene as an ordinary vine-ripened tomato.
Lycopene, which is what makes tomatoes red, is nature’s most powerful antioxidant; studies have shown that increased lycopene consumption can lead to decreased risks of heart disease as well as certain types of cancers, including breast, prostate, and colorectal.
Lycopene may also lower the amount of LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
Ian Reed, Tesco’s produce technical manager, insists that these super tomatoes won’t be the last specialty item from the supermarket chain. Tesco calls them “functional foods” and aim to develop more of them in the future.
“Functional foods such as tomatoes naturally have high levels of lycopene however this naturally-bred variety has even higher levels than standard ones and tastes great as well,” says Reed.
A pack of four or five of the lycopene-rich super tomatoes will cost Â£1.89 (roughly $3.70).
Would you buy them?
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