Review: Processed tomato products, extracts better than pure lycopene

08/21/2006 | FoodNavigator

A recent review of clinical trials looked at different types of lycopene supplementation and found "moderate amounts of whole food-based supplementation (two to four servings) of tomato soup, tomato puree, tomato paste, tomato juice, or other tomato beverages, consumed with dietary fats, such as olive oil or avocados, leads to increases in plasma carotenoids, particularly lycopene." The results may prompt a revision of FDA rules that allow only tomato and tomato sauce products to include qualified statements about the ability of the product to reduce the risk of gastric, pancreatic, prostate and ovarian cancers.

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