As it is known, tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. A new research published in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism confirms that 25 mg. lycopene per day can increase the level of adiponectin by nine percent. Adiponectin is a hormone that plays an important role in the regulation of fat and sugar in the blood.
Low levels of adiponectin are associated with an increased risk of obesity, cancer, and insulin resistance.
Scientists recommend a diet rich in vegetables, which contain essential phytochemical nutrients like lycopene, vitamins and minerals.
Tomatoes cooked in olive oil promote better absorption of lycopene in the intestine. Tomato sauce or juice is the best source of lycopene.