Monday, November 3, 2008

Is Ketchup Heart-Healthy?

According to this article by cardiologist Steven Kang at the Cholesterol Network website, ketchup may help to prevent a heart attack.

The average American consumes about 17 pounds of fresh tomatoes each year and more than 60 additional pounds of processed tomatoes in the form of ketchup or tomato sauce.

The article points to the presence of lycopene, which acts as an antioxident. Tomatoes are very rich in lycopene.

But, according to the article, tomato juice and ketchup actually have higher concentrations of lycopene per ounce than do fresh tomatoes.

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