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, 
including lycopene.

Journal of Nutrition, 133:2336-2341, July 2003 

Checked 5/3/07