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Through recent reading, the importance of eating tomatoes in their ‘natural’ form has been undermined. As the major source of Lycopene, known to decrease the risk of prostate cancer, tomatoes are promoted as absolutely necessary in the diet of men. However, it seems that tomato paste, such as that used on pizzas, has about four times the amount of Lycopene available for absorption by the body. Apparently, lycopene in the ‘natural’ tomato does not have good bio-availability, meaning that it is there but the body cannot readily use it. However, once cooked, the bio-availability of tomatoes increases dramatically. The tomato is a good source of a number of other vitamins & minerals, but those can also be acquired in other foods.

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