Orange Tomatoes Healthier



Orange tomatoes are more nutritious than their red skinned cousins.

Studies done at Ohio State University have found that the lycopene in orange tomatoes is more like the lycopene in the human body.

Lycopenes are cancer fighting substances. Absorbption of lycopene from tangerine tomatoes is two and a half times higher than from red tomatoes.

Red tomatoes contain trans-lycopene and orange tangerine tomatoes contain cis-lycopene. Human blood contains cis-lycopene.

Cooked tomato products are best for lycopene absorption. Scientists from the Liverpool John Moores University Nutraceutical Research group have discovered that tomatoes must be cooked, with some form of oil, in order for the lycopene to become available to the human body for use.

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