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Although lycopene-rich tomato products are often studied for their effects on cancer, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently found that dietary intake of tomato products may also be linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

The researchers studied food-frequency questionnaires completed by 39,876 middle-aged participants of the Women’s Health Study and found that those who consumed the most servings of tomato-based foods each week had the lowest incidence of heart disease.

Study: H. Sesso et al., “Dietary Lycopene, Tomato-Based Food Products and Cardiovascular Disease in Women,” Journal of Nutrition, 133 (July 2003):2336-2341.

(Source: Nutritional Outlook magazine, September 2003.)

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