Perhaps the aroma of garlic isn’t what draws you in when you return home for a comforting dish of spaghetti, but rather the rich, slow-cooked tomato sauce. Fortunately, these vibrant fruits not only tantalize our senses but also offer health benefits.
Tomato lycopene, a carotene pigment and phytochemical responsible for their bold red hue has been shown to potentially prevent lung cancer development. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health discovered that lycopene inhibited the growth of cultured lung cancer cells.
If tomatoes aren’t your thing, fear not – other red fruits and vegetables like red carrots, watermelons, gac, and papayas also contain this beneficial compound. Unfortunately, strawberries are not on that list.