A Special Sauce
Scientists have discovered that multiple rounds of heating – plus a little extra oil – enhance the health benefits of processed tomatoes.
The technique alters the structure of the tomato molecule lycopene so that it is more easily transported into the bloodstream.Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, has been shown to prevent cancers and may also combat heart disease and diabetes.
Previous studies indicated that processing raw tomatoes into purees or sauces increased the benefits.
Now researchers have discovered a way to enhance this further, with a technique that is already used by families in making and reheating their spag bol.