Fight Disease with Ripe Tomatoes Red tomatoes and fresh herbs can not only be used as a complement cuisine but also can be used as drugs to combat various diseases. In fact, cooked tomatoes more beneficial than raw tomatoes. Scientists from the National Centre of Food and Safety in Illinois revealed that eating tomatoes can help reduce the risk of cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease. Not only fresh raw tomatoes, cooked tomatoes or a mixture of food turned out to give more benefits. According to scientists, fresh red vegetables are the source of foods containing lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) majority. And unlike other fruit or vegetable, the content of antioxidants in tomatoes are potentially more after cooking. The scientists explain that nutrition has a protective mechanism that may help prevent inflammation and blood clotting. "Utilizing the tomatoes and tomato products may be one simple and effective strategies to help people increase their intake of vegetables, which causes an increase in diet as a whole and ultimately better health," explained Dr. Britt Burton-Freeman and and Dr. Kristin Reimers, who conduct research, as reported by Dailymail, Saturday (03/05/2011). According to Dr Reimers, this study underlines the link between eating tomatoes and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and other health disorders. "The evidence also shows that consumption of tomatoes should be recommended because of the nutritional benefits and because it is simple and effective strategies to increase vegetable intake as a whole," added Dr Reimers.
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