Tomato ranks as one of the most popular foods in the world — and as luck would have it, eating fresh cooked tomatoes is a delicious way to fight disease.
Research findings suggest that high consumption of tomato products is associated with reduced incidences of cancer, specifically cancer of the lung, breast, prostate and digestive tract.
Why this food? The pigment that gives tomatoes their rich, red colour is called lycopene, proven by scientists to be a powerful anti-oxidant. In the body, it is anti-oxidant compounds that fight the free radicals that can lead to disease.
Further research is required before lycopene’s full benefits can be documented for the development of a public consumption guideline.