Organic tomatoes higher in vitamin C and lycopene

You say tomato I say organic

Hear that? No, me neither. Fortunately, the cat calls from the anti-organic crowd’s cheap seats are getting harder and harder to hear these days. (Yes, Stanford researchers, I’m looking at you.)

A few years back I told you about a Spanish study that found that the juice from organic tomatoes were higher in disease-fighting polyphenols than factory-farmed versions. Now a Brazilian study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is adding more juice to the organic tomato’s glass.

Researchers from the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil compared tomatoes from conventional and organic farms. Naturally…and I do mean NATURALLY….the organic tomatoes, that hadn’t spent their entire lifetime bathed in artificial pesticides and fertilizers, weighed substantially less than their chemically-treated doppelgangers.

But, more importantly, the organic tomatoes were found to be higher in disease-fighting nutrients including vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene. They were also richer in palate-pleasing natural sugars than their cardboard-like conventional cousins.

Categories: Antioxidants.

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