A red crystal that is the main pigment in foods such as tomatoes and grapefruit. Also used as a red food coloring in a wide range of products.
A very strong antioxidant and, while the research is still inconclusive, there may be link between lycopene consumption and a reduced incidence of certain cancers (prostate cancer in particular).
tomatoes, watermelon, gac, grapefruit, red bell pepper, guava, papaya, rosehip, Starbucks brand strawberry-flavored beverages (including: Strawberries & CrÃ¨me FrappuccinoÂ® blended beverage and Strawberry Banana Smoothie)
Possible Health Effects
While completely non-toxic, consuming very high levels of lycopene could result in a non-permanent orange/yellow coloring of the skin and liver.
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Copyright September 11, 2010 Be Food Smart, Updated May 7, 2012
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