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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

France Puts a Cap on Ketchup in School Cafeterias

The lunches of French children have just gotten a lot blander. In an effort to fight against obesity and to keep the French youth, well, French, France's government has essentially banned ketchup from primary and secondary school cafeterias. The all-American condiment will be rationed to children only when they are served with, what else, French fries.

But is ketchup really such an evil condiment? Actually, tomato ketchup is good for you. It has cancer fighting elements called lycopene. This can also help fight against heart disease. But now they have found that the best source of lycopene is not in tomatoes, but in ketchup. The Cancer Research Foundation of America has found that cooked tomatoes, like those used to make ketchup, has as much as five times the amount of lycopene as fresh tomatoes.
Lycopene is a nutual antioxicant that protects the heart by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in your arteries. Lycopene does not lessen the amount of cholesterol, but keeps it from causing damage.

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