Watermelon red means lycopene rich

By Janet Raloff, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

Diets rich in lycopene, the primary pigment in tomatoes, can reduce a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, data suggest. Now Agriculture Department scientists have found that watermelon is a far better source of the so-called carotenoid than tomatoes are and at least as well absorbed by the body.

New chemical analyses by USDA scientists show that the red part of the watermelon can have about 40 percent more lycopene than an equivalent weight of uncooked tomatoes has. More importantly, a ...

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