Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C, potassium and iron, excellent for overall good health, growth, great skin, teeth and blood pressure.
Lycopene is the red pigment in tomatoes. It is an antioxidant which combats radicals (cancer causing molecules).
Recent Harvard research has highlighted that men who eat ten servings of tomatoes per week are reducing their chance of developing prostate cancer by 45%.
Furthermore, current Italian research demonstrates that individuals who eat seven servings of raw tomatoes reduce the risk of developing stomach and rectal colonic cancer by 60%.
Moreover, Israeli research has unearthed that lycopene inhibits of breast, lung and endometrial (lining of the uterus) cancer cells.
Present research seems to be pointing to tomatoes even being able to reduce the likelihood of lung cancer.
Select the brightest red tomatoes you can find when shopping as they contain the greatest amounts of lycopene.
The nutritional value of tomatoes remains the same whether fresh or tinned.