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Tomatoes In Dr Tom Wu’s Anticancer Smoothie

I’ve been wondering about tomatoes, cooked or uncooked.

If this article is right (I try to question everything I read):

Cooked tomatoes release lycopenes.

Uncooked tomatoes has higher Vitamin C.

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http://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/cooked-tomatoes-are-better-than-raw-ones/

Cooked Tomatoes are Better than Raw Ones?  September 27 2003

Is this statement true? Find out on today’s Moment of Science.

It’s true that, when cooked, vegetables tend to loose some of their vitamins and minerals. However, some research shows that tomatoes in particular are actually better for you cooked rather than raw. You’re right that cooking tomatoes reduces their vitamin content. Tomatoes, known for being rich in vitamin C, can lose ten to thirty percent of that vitamin C through the cooking process.

On the bright side, cooking tomatoes greatly increases their levels of a compound called lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color. Lycopene is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect the body from cell and tissue damage which can lead to cancer. Lycopene specifically is known for decreasing the risk of heart-disease. Thus, lycopene, as well as antioxidants in general, are an important part of the diet.

Further research might greatly change the way we think about and consume fruits and vegetables. We might discover reasons to feel just as good about ourselves for eating cooked fruits and vegetables as we do for eating raw ones.

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CONCLUSION:  Eat both cooked and uncooked tomatoes.  Dr Tom Wu’s daily anticancer smoothie uses 2 raw tomatoes.  Recipe also include 2 kiwis – these are also high in Vitamin C, so is the two carrots.

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August 26, 2009 - Posted by | Dr Tom Wu

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