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March 1999 Issue

Tomatoes and Lycopene: A Case When Fresh Isn't Best

Q. I've seen ads for Heinz ketchup that say it's "America's favorite source of lycopene," which may help prevent prostate and cervical cancer. Does that mean I should eat more of it? A. Not exactly. Yet perhaps President Reagan was onto something when he declared ketchup a vegetable for the school lunch program in the 1980's. Researchers now know that processed tomato products-sauce, paste, juice, salsa, soup, canned tomatoes and, yes, even ketchup-are

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