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Why Eating Tomatoes Prevents Sunburn

Why Tomatoes Help With Sunburn

Tomatoes might just be my favorite "veggie that is really a fruit." And now I have yet another reason to love them. It appears that eating tomatoes can improve the skins ability to protect against UV rays, which can cause premature aging of the skin as well as skin cancer. Although the study was quite small, involving only 20 volunteers, the results are promising. Ten volunteers ate 55 grams (just shy of two ounces) of tomato paste with 10 grams of olive oil daily, while another 10 volunteers ate 10 grams of olive oil daily. After three months, the tomato group had 33 percent more protection against sunburn (like wearing a very low factor sunscreen) and considerably higher levels of procollagen, which gives the skin its structure and keeps it firm.

Researchers believe that the antioxidant lycopene gives tomatoes their healthy edge. Good news is that concentrations of lycopene increase when tomatoes are cooked. So bring on the red sauce!

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ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
looove tomatoes, good to know
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Oh YES!! Another good reason to eat tomatoes. I LOVE them, especially the garden-fresh ones that I get in the summertime. Since I'm fair, I can use all the sun protection I can get!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
tomatoes are a favorite of mine. just another reason to love them
AMP AMP 9 years
Tomatoes are by far my fav veggie! I try to limit myself to one cup of grape tomatoes a day b/c tomatoes are so expensive. I toss them in the steamer for a min and they come out so nice and warm and juicy. I also steal all the tomatoes off my friends plates when we are out. Mmmmm, can't wait til lunch!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I wish we could grow our own tomatoes at my house, but we live around the woods and animals eat the food we try to grow.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i used to hate tomatoes unless it was a sauce or ketchup but now i like them more and eat them more. i guess it's a great thign that there's another added benefit to eating them, especially if it's a sunburn UV ray type thing.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lord I hate them...
kia kia 9 years
It would be great if they get more funding from these results to have a more extensive study.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Frenched Frenched 9 years
Oh wow, I did not know that. Yet another reason to love tomatoes!
staticnoise staticnoise 9 years
interesting. i hope they will grow soon in our garden, since i can't stand the taste (which taste?) of bought ones.
JudyRie JudyRie 9 years
Yeah! We love tomatoes, and spotted the first ones growing on our tomato plants yesterday. My husband has never had a tomato fresh off the vine - he is in for a treat!
silly3 silly3 9 years
Yummy! Can't wait to eat the tomatoes out of the garden this summer!
Leony Leony 9 years
Good to know! Thanks.
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