Lycopene is a red carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and a number of other (though not all) red fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is approved as a natural food dye.
Lycopene intake above 25mg a day is associated with cholesterol lowering effects. A number of studies associate lycopene levels within the body with reduced cancer risks, including cervical and breast cancer. Lycopene has been proposed as a preventive agent in the development of prostate cancer, though evidence from human studies has not yet been conclusive.
Lycopene is more available for absorption in heat-processed tomato products as well as when served with a fat source.
Tomato, tomato sauce, tomato ketchup, tomato paste, tomato juice, watermelon, pink grapefruit, red carrots, papaya, pink guava, rosehip puree, gac, apricot, Cara cara citrus, asparagus