Written By Betty van der Mark on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 | 10:03 AM
It is thought tomatoes are rich in compounds that alter levels of appetite hormones, making them an easy and cheap way to keep hunger pangs at bay. However, it is not known which part of the tomato dulls the appetite, but it may be lycopene, the pigment that gives tomatoes their red colour. Lycopene is already credited with a host of health benefits, from warding off cancer to boosting fertility. It is thought to be particularly effective at combating prostate cancer, protecting against the disease and slowing its progress when it does develop. It may also ward off a host of other cancers, including breast, cervical, skin, lung, bladder, and pancreatic. Previous studies have shown tomatoes can help heart health, with regular helpings of ketchup and tomato juice sending cholesterol levels plummeting in a matter of weeks.
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