Meatballs Diminish The Health Benefits From Tomato Sauce

September 25, 2019

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Peanut Butter and Jelly, peas and carrots, burger and fries.  Some foods are just made to pair together but next time you make spaghetti and meatballs, you should ditch the meatballs if you want to reap all the health benefits from the meal. A new study finds that the anti-cancer properties of lycopene, found inside tomatoes and tomato sauce, can be neutralized if eaten with iron-rich foods such as meatballs. And it's not just spaghetti and meatballs, it any food that mixes lycopene with iron, such as Bolognese sauce, or an iron-fortified cereal with a side of tomato juice. You’re probably only getting half as much lycopene from this as you would without the iron. The study’s authors aren’t sure exactly why iron is interfering with lycopene uptake, but it may be because iron oxidizes lycopene, resulting in a different metabolic product.

SOURCE: Study Finds

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