Top 10 Foods Highest in Lycopene

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Lycopene is currently the most powerful antioxidant which has been measured in food[SUP]2[/SUP] and is thought to play a role in preventing cancer and heart disease. How large a protective role lycopene plays is a controversial issue which is still under scientific study.

Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color, eating lycopene in excess amounts can cause the skin and liver to have a yellow color. Unlike other carotenes, lycopene does not get converted into vitamin A.

There are no known symptoms of a lycopene deficiency, and no RDA for lycopene. Below is a list of high lycopene foods.
 

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1. Tomatoes (Sun-Dried, Cooked, Raw)

Tomatoes, especially cooked tomatoes, are excellent sources of lycopene. Sun-dried tomatoes provide the most lycopene, gram per gram, than any other food with 45902μg per 100g serving, 24787μg per cup, and 918μg per piece. Cooked tomatoes provide 7298μg per cup, while raw tomatoes provide 4631μg per cup, 3165μg per tomato.

2. Guavas

Guavas are high vitamin C food and also rich in lycopene. Guavas will provide 5204μg of lycopene per 100g serving. That is 8587μg per cup and 2862μg per fruit.

3. Watermelon

Watermelon is a refreshing snack and also a high lycopene food. Watermelon provides 4532μg of lycopene per 100g serving, that is 6889μg per cup, and 12962μg in a medium sized slice.

4.Grapefruit (Pink and Red)

Pink and red grapefruit provides 1419μg of lycopene per 100 gram serving, 3264μg per cup, and 3491μg per fruit.

5. Dried Parsley and Basil


Dried herbs are packed with the vitamins and minerals you need like iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and magnesium. Start making it a habbit to add more dry herbs to all the dishes you eat. Dried parsley provides the most lycopene with 397μg per 100 gram serving, or 8μg per tablespoon. Dried basil provides 393μg of lycopene per 100 gram serving, or 23μg per tablespoon
 

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6. Persimmons

Persimmonsare a sweet fruit when properly ripened, and can be a good substitute for apples. Persimmons provide 159μg of lycopene per 100g serving, 267μg in a medium sized fruit.

7. Asparagus

Asparagus is an excellent vegetable rich in vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin B9 (Folate). Asparagus provides 30μg of lycopene per 100 gram serving, 54μg per cup, and 18μg in about 4 spears.

8. Liver (Pate)


The liver of any animal is packed with vitamins and minerals, and is best prepared steamed or fried with onions and herbs. Chicken liver provides the most lycopene with 25μg per 100 gram serving, or 7μg per ounce.

9. Chili Powder

Chili powder is a high vitamin C and vitamin E food. A great way to spice up any dish chili powder provides 21μg of lycopene per 100 gram serving, or 1.7μg per tablespoon, 0.6μg per teaspoon.

10. Red Cabbage


Red cabbage provides 20μg of lycopene per 100g serving, which is 18μg per cup chopped, and 168μg in an average sized cabbage.
 

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nice information Roja..... keep posting....
 

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