Tomatoes are not only tasty, but they may also help prevent strokes.
Tomatoes have high levels of lycopene, which makes them an important source of this antioxidant.
The importance of eating tomatoes, as well as other vegetables and fruits, was underscored by the findings of a Finnish team of researchers in the journal Neurology.
After more than twelve years of follow up, they found that men with the highest levels of lycopene were 55% less likely to have a stroke.
There was no association between stroke and blood levels of other antioxidants – just lycopene.
The length of the study gives it considerable strength, and helps fortify the recommendation that people eat tomatoes, and all fruits and vegetables, regularly, since they are good for one’s health in many other ways.
One word of caution.Your main source of tomatoes shouldn’t be pizza.