Tomatoes are not only tasty, but they may also help prevent strokes.
Tomatoes have high levels of lycopene, which makes them an important source of this antioxidant.
The importance of eating tomatoes, as well as other vegetables and fruits, was underscored by the findings of a Finnish team of researchers in the journal Neurology.
After more than twelve years of follow up, they found that men with the highest levels of lycopene were 55% less likely to have a stroke.
There was no association between stroke and blood levels of other antioxidants – just lycopene.
The length of the study gives it considerable strength, and helps fortify the recommendation that people eat tomatoes, and all fruits and vegetables, regularly, since they are good for one’s health in many other ways.
One word of caution.Your main source of tomatoes shouldn’t be pizza.
A first of its kind study recently evaluated the influence on food choice exerted by a restaurant menu which, next to each food, revealed the amount of exercise needed to burn off the calories contained in that food item.
Interestingly, researchers at Texas Christian University found that the participants in their study, when shown the exercise information, ordered, and ate, significantly fewer calories than those ordering from a menu not displaying either calories or exercise costs.
Most previous studies show that providing information on caloric content alone does not lead to fewer calories ordered or consumed.
The researchers studied a group of 300 men and women, aged 18 to 30 years.
As an example, a female would have to walk briskly for about two hours to burn the calories in a quarter – pound double cheeseburger!
A 154 pound person jogging at a pace of about 12 minutes/mile burns up approximately 295 calories in 30 minutes.
Are we to expect legislation in the future requiring restaurants to list the exercise minutes next to each food item??