Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Consumption of ketchup prevents cardiovascular diseases

tomato ketchup, ketchup, tomatoesDear ketchup lovers,

Did you know that consumption of ketchup is said to prevent cardiovascular diseases? That was shown by various studies held on the 14th of March on the occasion of the European day for prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases. It also was carried out that ketchup is a good antioxidant.

Apparently, this beneficial effect that ketchup has is due to the content of lycopene, a vegetational pigment found in tomatoes and other red vegetables and fruits, that serves as a protector against cardiovascular diseases as a result of its antioxidant activity.

Lycopene is contained in fresh tomatoes in various amounts depending on the variability and the level of maturity (between 3 and 43 mg/100g). Lycopene is also found in all other derivatives such as: gazpacho soup, tomato sauce, tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, peeled tomatoes or ketchup, which reaches 25 mg per 100 grams.

Over the past 10 years there have been 14 clinical tests that assess the impact of consumption of products rich in lycopene with a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases. Some of them are conducted by researchers at the University of Milan (Italy), Kobe University (Japan), University of Oulu (Finland) and the University of Kuopto (Finland).


I’d like to add that tomato ketchup can be eaten with various products and with a great number of dishes. I even tried eating it with bananas Широкая улыбка

Translation taken from Yahoo! Noticias

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