It's been well documented that the antioxidant lycopene found in tomato-based products, such as ketchup, helps protect us against cancers of the breast, pancreas, prostate, and intestines. Now researchers at the Agricultural Research Service in Albany, California, have found that organic ketchup contains more of these cancer-fighting compounds than non-organic products.
Researchers tested the lycopene levels in 13 different ketchup brands: six popular brands, three organic brands, two store brands, and two fast-food-chain brands. The organic ketchup brands contained 40 percent more lycopene than the popular brands and almost three times the amount of the fast-food-chain brands.
This is one of the first times scientists have found that organically grown products have a higher nutritional benefit than conventionally grown ones. For more on this research, go to the New Scientist Web page at: www.newscientist.com/channel/health/mg18524812.200
Article published on February 10, 2005.