Benefits of Tomatoes

By: Benefits of Tomatoes
By: Benefits of Tomatoes

28- year-old Seth Jones tries to eat a healthy diet.

"I prefer to maintain a vegetarian diet, but I do eat meat from time to time."

Now a new study shows those tomatoes could lower his risk of stroke.

Researchers followed about 1,000 men in Finland and tested their blood for lycopene, found in tomatoes and tomato based foods.

People with the highest amounts of lycopene in their blood were 55% less likely to have a stroke.

"Lycopene is an antioxidant, so it may help prevent damage to the walls of our blood vessels," said clinical dietitian Lisa Cimperman.

Nutritionists say you can get more lycopene from tomatoes if you cook them. It breaks down the tomatoes cell walls and makes it easier for your body to absorb the antioxidants.

More research is needed to confirm the study's results, but experts say everyone should still eat more than five servings of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy.

"We're not just talking about stroke. We're talking about high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease. A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent chronic disease," said Cimperman.

Seth says he's glad what's for dinner could help his health.

His grandfather died from a stroke, so he's hoping this new research could prevent one.

The study was published in the journal Neurology.

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