Tomato paste helps avoid sunburn

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17 September 2004 , BERLIN - Forget those pricey suntan lotions, concentrated tomato paste protects from sunburns, a German nutritionist said. "It's a success," said Helmut Sies, a nutritionist from the University of Duesseldorf, at the symposium held by the German Nutrition Society. Daily consumption of 40 grams of tomato paste over the span of ten weeks helped prevented sunburn in a test study, said Sies. The tomato paste miracle lies in the redness of the tomato which is created by lycopin, oligo eleme

17 September 2004  

BERLIN - Forget those pricey suntan lotions, concentrated tomato paste protects from sunburns, a German nutritionist said.

"It's a success," said Helmut Sies, a nutritionist from the University of Duesseldorf, at the symposium held by the German Nutrition Society.

Daily consumption of 40 grams of tomato paste over the span of ten weeks helped prevented sunburn in a test study, said Sies.

The tomato paste miracle lies in the redness of the tomato which is created by lycopin, oligo element belonging to the carotid family, also found in oranges and corn.

But the positive effects of lycopin are not limited to preventing sunburn. It also acts as a filter for the eyes against the sun and helps to prevent many eye diseases common in old age, such as cataracts.

Sunscreen through nutrition is becoming increasingly important, said Sies, adding that most people spend at least three quarters of the year under ultra-violet (UV) rays from which protection is required.

DPA

Subject: German news

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