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Posted on 14 March 2008 by tomatocasual.com

WebMD Names Tomatoes Super Food for Women

Tomato womanBy Michelle Fabio

By polling a panel of experts, the popular Internet source of medical information, WebMD has compiled a list of the six healthiest foods women can eat, which they have termed “Super Foods.”

And tomatoes come in as Super Food #4.

Tomatoes, along with watermelon, grapefruit, and red navel oranges, are praised for providing lycopene, which aside from possibly protecting against prostate cancer in men, also has health benefits for women.

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Posted on 14 November 2007 by tomatocasual.com

Lycopene Pills No Substitute for Tomatoes

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Lycopene Pills No Substitute for Tomatoes

By Michelle Fabio

A study conducted by teams at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Ohio State University in Columbus used rats to test whether lycopene supplements could provide the same health benefits as tomatoes themselves–and the resounding answer was no.

In the study, 194 male rats were given a chemical that induces prostate cancer. Some rats were given whole tomato powder, some pure lycopene, and the others no supplements
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Posted on 31 July 2007 by tomatocasual.com

What’s the Deal With Lycopene?: Health Benefits of Tomatoes

What's the Deal With Lycopene?: Health Benefits of Tomatoes - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

You may have noticed that many ketchup bottles proudly display that they contain lots of lycopene.

But what does that mean?

Lycopene is nature’s most powerful nutritional antioxidant, which means that it reduces the amount of damage done to body cells by oxygen–damage that can eventually lead to cancers, heart disease, and other illnesses.

Lycopene is also what gives tomatoes (and watermelons and strawberries) their rich red color.

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