Category Archives: Tomatoes

Tomatoes: The Low Sugar Fruit

Tomatoes are a fruit of a plant (Solanum lycopersicum) that belongs to the nightshade family of plant. Tomatoes are unusual amongst fruit because they are low in sugar. The low sugar content of tomatoes gives them a number of health … Continue reading

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From Fruit to Juice

Fruits are produced by plants because they allow seed dispersal. For this to happen efficiently, the fruit must be eaten by an animal. Animals are attracted to the fruits because of their sweet taste, a result of the concentrated sugars … Continue reading

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Are Tomatoes Protective Of Mood Disorders

Tomatoes are a rich source of nutrients including phytochemical antioxidants. In particular, tomatoes are known to contain carotenoids, the most abundant being the red pigment lycopene. Lycopene has a number of health effects and this may relate to the fact … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Tomatoes

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Carotenoid Rich Foods for Skin Protection

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Tomato Sauce: Prostate Cancer Protection

Carotenoids, and their oxidised metabolites xanthophylls, are a heterogenous group of phytonutrients responsible for many of the orange, yellow and red colours found in plants. Examples of carotenoids include β-carotene and α-carotene in carrots and lycopene in tomatoes. Carotenoids are … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Lycopene

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Lycopene Prevent Oxidative Stress

Carotenoids are yellow, red and orange pigments that accumulate in the chloroplasts of plants. Carotenoids play an important role in plant physiology, where that act to harvest light in the 400 to 500 nm range which aids the plant in … Continue reading

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Absorption of Flavanones

Naringenin (4’, 5, 7-trihydroxyflavanone) and hesperetin (3′, 5, 7-Trihydroxy-4′-methoxy flavanone) are flavanones that belong to the flavonoid group of phytochemicals. Flavanones possess antioxidant activity like all flavonoids, and in addition are phytoestrogens that may exert anti-oestrogenic effects. Naringenin has also … Continue reading

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Lycopene and Prostate Cancer

Lycopene is the most abundant carotenoid in tomatoes, and its high concentrations in cells gives them their red colour. Lycopene is well absorbed in humans, and high blood concentrations have been associated with a reduced risk of developing cancer in … Continue reading

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