Men who eat a lot of tomatoes, tomato sauce, or pizza smothered with the stuff may be giving themselves a hedge against prostate cancer. So say researchers at Harvard, who studied the eating habits of more than 47,000 male health professionals. They found that men who ate tomato sauce two to four times per week had a 35 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer than men who ate none. A carotenoid called lycopene, which tomatoes contain in abundance, appeared to be responsible. But scientists were puzzled: Tomato juice didn’t seem to have a protective effect. Other research showed why. For best absorption, lycopene should be cooked with some kind of fat. So pizza may be just what the doctor ordered. These 11 superfoods have stood the test of time.
We’re not saying you should eat red foods exclusively, but definitely add stuffed peppers to your diet. Like tomatoes, red bell peppers have the lycopene that can reduce your risk of prostate cancer. And compared to other colors of peppers, the red ones pack in the most nutrients because they’re on the vine longer than green, yellow, and orange varieties. They have almost 11 times more beta-carotene (an essential nutrient your body needs to produce vitamin A) and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green peppers.