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Our bodies most use the “cis” form of lycopene, which is a very small amount of red tomato lycopene. Most is the “trans” form.

Heating tomatoes for a limited period of time, like we do with sauce, helps convert a bit of the “trans” to “cis.” Heat needs to be under 180F and seemingly lycopene starts to disintegrate beyond an hour of such heat. Additionally, heating it with fat helps, too. However, one can convert it most with a healthy dose of onion and garlic with fat for an hour. In such cases, expect over 40-50% of the lycopene to be “cis.”

Lycopene helps reduce prostate size and is also needed for healthy breast tissue.

This research shows tangerine (orange) tomatoes, have the greatest amount of “cis” in raw form. Do note cooking a high cis source will turn it into trans.

1 posted on 12/14/2020 11:55:01 AM PST by ConservativeMind
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I identify as a red tomato.


2 posted on 12/14/2020 12:00:05 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Donate! Don't just post clickbait!)
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Oh, thought it was tangerines, which would not be keto friendly.

I’ll be making ravioli and meatballs for Christmas.


3 posted on 12/14/2020 12:00:18 PM PST by JohnnyP (Thinking is hard work (I stole that from Rush).)
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“...will turn it into trans. ....”

I become adverse to trans most anything. Is that bad?


4 posted on 12/14/2020 12:10:25 PM PST by Paladin2
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“...will turn it into trans. ....”

I’ve become adverse to trans most anything. Is that bad?


5 posted on 12/14/2020 12:10:51 PM PST by Paladin2
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Thus turning cis into trans through the nutrients of red tomatoes.


6 posted on 12/14/2020 12:20:03 PM PST by Bayard
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Catch Up with Ketchup for your health!


7 posted on 12/14/2020 12:22:10 PM PST by lee martell
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Bump


8 posted on 12/14/2020 12:45:24 PM PST by sauropod (Balls to humblegunner.)
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