Tomatoes have lycopene, an antioxidant similar to Vitamin A, which provides that bright red color to tomatoes. Lycopene is believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It helps prevent prostate cancer. Lycopene is absorbed better when tomatoes are cooked or when combined with olive oil. Lycopene is also found in strawberries, watermelon, guava, apricots and pink grapefruit.
Last updated by Dr. Vee on March 19, 2010