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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: health benefits of tomatoes | lycopene | stroke prevention | cancer risk | tomatoes and heart health | arterial health

Cooking Tomatoes Makes Them Even Healthier

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D. By Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:44 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" may have spun a healthy yarn about the virtues of stubborn independence, but as far as tomato recipes, that's not one we'd recommend. But we do love to cook with juicy, ripe, red tomatoes, and our menu suggestion for today is tomato surprise.

What's the surprise? Well, for a long time we've told you that tomatoes (loaded with lycopene) boost heart health, help protect your vision, may lower the risk of some cancers, and offer protection against brittle bones and the harmful effects of the sun. Now we can add a nice surprise to that list: confirmation that tomatoes and their stores of lycopene lower the risk of all arterial diseases, especially stroke. Seems they reduce bad LDL cholesterol (a half-cup serving of tomato sauce every day can lower LDL as much as statins) and slash overall inflammation. So Roma, cherry, beefsteak, or grape, canned whole or pureed, or even in a soup or paste — tomatoes are a must-have in your shopping cart.

And for a serious value-add, have your tomatoes cooked. That increases the amount of bio-available lycopene and makes it easier for your body to absorb it. When tomatoes bubble up, they double down on goodness.

Other food sources of lycopene: papaya, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and guava. So have a glass of pink grapefruit juice with a fruit salad of guava, papaya, and watermelon, followed by a thick marinara sauce over 100 percent whole-grain pasta.

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


The health benefits of cooking with tomatoes are many, including better arterial health and lower stroke risk.
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Thursday, 15 November 2012 08:44 AM
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