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1. Tomatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
2. Tomatoes are rich in important carotenoids including lycopene, a relative of the more celebrated beta carotene. Lycopene appears to help prevent prostate cancer.
3. Eating tomatoes, ketchup, tomato sauce and tomato paste-topped pizza more than two times a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 21 to 43 percent according to some studies.
4. Lycopene occurs in only a few foods besides tomatoes. Since more lycopene is absorbed when a little fat is eaten with tomatoes, concurrently eating a little olive oil or cheese is actually beneficial.
5. Men who eat two or more servings of tomato products average a 35 percent reduction in prostate cancer risk.
6. But can lycopene help prevent cancer in women, too? A few studies have found that in postmenopausal women, high blood levels of lycopene are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Furthermore, more than one study has found that women who consume the most lycopene are less likely to have precancerous cervical cells. It seems that women too benefit from eating lycopene-rich foods such as tomato products.
7. If you suffer from skin disease, a tomato a day may keep the doctor away, as tomatine—the tomato's principle alkaloid—concentrated in its branchy leaves and green fruit, heals certain fungus diseases of the skin.
8. The best food sources of lypocene according to the Tomato Research Council in New York City (per ounce): tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, ketchup (5 mg); tomato soup, canned tomatoes, tomato juice, vegetable juice (3 mg); minestrone soup, vegetable soup, pink grapefruit (1 mg).