Ketchup is an amazing and popular condiment found in ninety seven percent of American homes. Ketchup contains the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Research studies suggest that in the body, lycopene is deposited in the liver, lungs, colon, prostate gland and skin. A six year study at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health showed reduced risk of prostate cancer in 47,000 men whose diets contained large quantities of lycopene. Other studies by H. J. Heinz Company health benefits epidemiology studies along with studies by Dr. Lenore Kohlmeir, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the University of Carolina suggests lycopene can reduce the risk of: Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Rectal Cancer and Uterine Cancer.
Other Health Benefits of the Ketchup due to the lycopene content are:
- Reduction of cholesterol
- Reduction in the risk of developing diabetes
- Lycopene fights osteoporosis
- It reduces the risk of gum disease
- It reduces the risk of cataracts
- It improves male fertility
- anti aging benefits
The ingredient in ketchup that causes these miraculous health benefits is the tomato, which contains excellent nutrients including a high content of lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that acts as a scavenger in removing the damaging effects of free radicals on our cell tissues.