Posted on 26 April 2008 by

Super Tomatoes: The More Lycopene the Better?

Tomato HeartBy 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 £1.89 (roughly $3.70).

Would you buy them?

Source: ‘Cancer-fighting tomato’ on sale

8 Responses to “Super Tomatoes: The More Lycopene the Better?”

  1. Karen Davis Says:

    I would definitely buy the super tomatoes at that price. Just think about it in relation to a latte…and the tomatoes are actually good for you! I’ve been seeing more and more information about lycopene and its value in our diets. I just read an article about it’s benefits and I’ll be eating tomatoes for sure!

  2. michelle Says:

    Laughing at the latte line Karen; good thinking! And thanks for that link 🙂

  3. Nancy Bond Says:

    I’d definitely buy them for that price…we pay more than that here now for a pound of not-nearly-as-nice. 🙂

  4. michelle Says:

    Prices of fresh produce is really getting crazy, isn’t it? I’m lucky to get tomatoes fairly cheaply in southern Italy.

  5. michelle Says:

    Oops, prices “are” getting crazy….

  6. Daphne Gould Says:

    I have bought them in the US. Our supermarkets occasionally get them in.

  7. bleeding espresso Says:

    Don’t know if you’ll be back around, Daphne, but I’ll ask anyway just in case: are they tasty? Notice any difference from “regular” tomatoes?

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