Tomatoes Cut Heart Attack Risk in Half

Tomatoes are red-hot! First came studies showing that people who ate the most tomato products had less prostate and colon cancer. Now for the first time, we’re hearing that tomatoes prevent heart attacks. In Europe, men with the highest tissue levels of lycopene — the compound in tomatoes that may turn out to be the good guy — were only half as likely to suffer heart attacks as men with the lowest levels (American Journal of Epidemiology, October 1997).

For more lycopene in your life, eat lots of the following foods:

FOODLYCOPENE
(milligrams)
1/2 c tomato sauce22
3/4 c tomato juice20
2 Tbsp tomato paste18
3/4 c vegetable juice cocktail18
1/4 c tomato puree10
1/2 c chopped raw tomato8
1 c red watermelon chunks7
2 Tbsp ketchup5
1 guava5
1/2 pink grapefruit4

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