Lycopene, a bright red carotenoid pigment (organic pigments naturally occurring in plants) found in tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit and rosehip, is found to reduce the risk of prostrate, colon and mouth cancer in humans. Food containing lycopene such as spaghetti sauce, ketchup, watermelon etc., can protect men from developing prostrate cancer. One in six men will develop prostrate cancer, some time in their lives, with the older men and those with a family history of prostrate cancer, at a higher risk of developing this disease.

 

According to  Prostrate Cancer Foundation, eating tomato sauce twice a week can reduce the risk of prostrate cancer in men by over 33%. Adding a bit of fat to the tomato sauce, in the form of olive oil, cheese ravioli etc., can do a lot of good, since lycopene dissolves best in fat and it is easier for the body to absorb it then. However, fat from animal products like meat, diary-products etc., increases the risk of prostrate cancer and coronary heart diseases, according to the British Journal of Nutrition.

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