Lycopene is found in abundance in processed red tomatoes. The USDA reports: "Although the evidence is not conclusive, lycopene in fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato products, may reduce the risk of prostate cancer." 1. Research shows that lycopene in processed canned tomatoes can be absorbed more efficiently by the body. The chemical form of lycopene found in tomatoes is converted by the temperature changes involved in processing to make it more easily absorbed by the body. Pastene canned tomatoes are a tremendous source of this carotenoid.
Other Pastene products that contain lycopene are: All tomato products, Sweet Red peppers, Roasted Red peppers, all red pasta sauces, Crushed Red Peppers, Sliced Hot peppers in oil, and all Sun-Dried tomato products.
Some of the research articles in the grouping below point out that lycopene
is enhance by cooking. Here are some useful links to determine the value of Lycopene in your life:
The FDA articles: Technical articles
Lycopene.org: Useful resource with many articles
The Mayo Clinic: Link to what the Mayo Clinic has to say
Lycopene.com: a commercial site selling Lyc-O-Mato but lots of info
Google.com: Here's a quick Google search for links
1Note! Medical conditions or problems should be discussed with your doctor. Good nutrition is not a substitute for medical treatments and a doctor's care.