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Friday, 8 June 2018

Tomatoes: One of the Best Food Sources of Lycopene



There is no doubt processed tomatoes are one of the best sources of lycopene. For example, 1 cup of canned, tomato puree (with or without added salt) contains 54,385 micrograms of lycopene.

According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 80 percent of lycopene consumed by the average American is in the form of packaged tomato products such as ketchup, pizza sauce and tomato juice. Because those foods are highly processed and often contain added sugar, you may consider getting some of your lycopene from one or more of the following raw fruit sources:

Fruit or vegetable
Lycopene (micrograms per cup)
Cherry tomatoes (raw)
3,834
Grapefruit (pink and red)
3,264
Guava
8,587
Papaya
2,651
Watermelon
6,979

As with any fruit, I recommend you eat these lycopene-rich fruits only occasionally. For optimal health, you'll want to keep your total fructose intake below 25 grams (g) daily, including fructose from whole fruit. If you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or insulin resistance you'll do better by limiting your daily intake of fructose to 15 g until your condition improves.

Article Source: Dr Mercola at Mercola.com