COOKED TOMATOES REDUCE HEART ATTACKS.txt
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COOKED TOMATOES REDUCE HEART ATTACKS
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
A study from Harvard Medical School shows that eating tomato sauce
is associated with reduced heart attack risk.
Previous studies show that eating lots of cooked tomato products is
associated with lowered risk for prostate and other cancers. The
antioxidant, lycopene, is found in relatively low levels in fresh
tomatoes and much higher levels in cooked tomato products. Lycopene
is also soluble in fat, so tomato products that are prepared with
oils or other fats higher levels of lycopene than water based ones.
That explains why tomato sauces and pizza are excellent sources of
lycopene. Do not think that you prevent heart attacks by eating any
one food. You prevent heart attacks by eating large amounts of many
plant based foods that are rich sources of many phytochemicals,
Journal of Nutrition, 133:2336-2341, July 2003