The Health Benefits of Lycopene

The Health Benefits of Lycopene

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They are the flavor star of our Red Pepper Pomodoro soup, but succulent tomatoes are far more than just a delicious fruit. Tomatoes may also help lower your risk of stroke, as well as prostate and other cancers.  This is likely due to the abundance of lycopene they contain.

What Is Lycopene?

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates dangerous free radicals that can damage DNA and other fragile cell structures. According to Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, the molecule shape makes it better able to quench free radicals that can damage cells.

How Much Do You Need?

Nutritionists recommend consuming 10,000 micrograms of lycopene from food every day. That may sound daunting, but don’t worry – it’s easier than you think! While tomatoes provide the biggest bang for your buck, there are other options to meet your daily intake goal.

Want To Consume More Lycopene? Try Red Pepper Pomodoro!

In addition to being a delicious source of lycopene, our Red Pepper Pomodoro soup is fortified with vitamin C and potassium, serving up the nutrients that your body needs. Because lycopene is an oil-soluble nutrient, the body may be able to absorb it more easily when eaten with oil. All of our soups are made with organic extra virgin olive oil, helping to ensure that you get the full benefits of the nutritious ingredients in each.

18 Chestnuts crafts delicious, plant-based soups that deliver on nutrition and flavor. We offer soup delivery subscriptions and one-time orders. Whether you’re too busy to cook, want a nutritious meal option, have dietary restrictions, or want to send soup to someone who needs a comforting meal, 18 Chestnuts is for you!

With a wide range of all-natural soup flavors including Beetroot Apple, Red Pepper Pomodoro, Carrot Ginger Dill, Butternut Squash Pear, and Asparagus Shiitake, our gourmet soup will thrill your tastebuds. All 18 Chestnuts soups are dairy-free, low-glycemic, locally sourced, and nutrient-dense. Check out our soups and schedule your gourmet soup delivery today!



Harvard Health Publishing, “Lycopene-rich tomatoes linked to lower stroke risk

USDA National Nutrient Database: Lycopene

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