they have increasingly received a lot of attention as a health food.  Studies have
shown that the red carotene (lycopene) is extremely protective against breast, lung,
colon, prostate, and skin cancers.  Studies also found that tomatoes lower the risk of
heart disease, cataracts, and macular degeneration.  The way lycopene works, is it
helps to prevent those diseases and others by neutralizing harmful oxygen free
radicals before they can do any damage to cellular structures.  


Sources:

Murray , Michael N.D.. The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods.
New York: Atria Books, 2005.

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention-5 A Day.

National Agricultural Library-USDA. usda.gov.

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia


Tomatoes are low in calories and
are packed with nutrition,
especially when they are fully
ripe.  For example, red tomatoes
contain up to four times the
amount of beta-carotene as
green tomatoes.  Tomatoes
provide an excellent source of
vitamins C and K, carotenes
(especially lycopene), and biotin.  
They are also a very good
source of vitamin B6, niacin, folic
acid, fiber, and pantothenic acid.  

Due to the high content of
lycopene that tomatoes contain,
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