Health Tip: Seeing Red About Ketchup

It’s pretty much common knowledge these days that lycopene, one of the main ingredients in tomatoes, can help protect against cancer. Now there’s more evidence supporting this finding.

In a recent study, University of Illinois researchers found that eating tomatoes, rather than taking lycopene supplements, is also a preventive against prostate cancer. Then comes the bad advice from these researchers: “Include more tomato-based pasta dishes and pizza in your diet — and make sure there’s a bottle of ketchup on the table at every meal.”

Commercial ketchup is junk food of the worst kind. Like all junk foods, it is loaded with sugar, our No. 1 addictive substance of abuse. And that brilliant red you see in the bottle is NOT lycopene. It’s chemical and/or food coloring. So don’t put the ketchup bottle on the table — deposit it in the garbage.

Read all “scientific” nutrition reports with extreme skepticism. And look at who’s picking up the tab. The above-cited study, for example, was partially funded by the company that makes Hunt’s tomato sauce and ketchup.

(Source: Dr. William Campbell Douglass’s Real Health e-letter)