I love eating ripe uncooked tomatoes. I choose firm ripe because they are crunchy. It feels like eating a crunchy apple.
Eating tomatoes is healthy but processed form like tomato sauce, paste, soup and juice are recommended. During heat process, lycopene are released for easy absorption. There are many tomato recipes in case you don’t want the preservatives of commercially processed commodities.
Lycopene is an antioxidant, it donates its electrons to oxygen free radicals thus neutralizing them before they can do damage to body cells. Studies proved that it can reduce heart attack by almost 50%.
Lycopene can be used as an anti-carcinogen, greatly reducing the risk of some cancers. Eating tomato products twice a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 21-34%. Eating of more than 10 servings a weeks reduce the risk to 45%. Studies also found out that it reduce the occurrence of woman cervical cancer. (3dchem.com)
In case you hate tomatoes very much. This bright red carotene and carotenoid pigment and phytochemical can also be found in carrots, watermelons and papayas.