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Luscious Lycopene Salad

March 07, 2016

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You say ‘lycopene,’ I say ‘cancer prevention’

Lycopene is a heavyweight antioxidant found primarily in tomatoes and in greater quantities in cooked tomato products like ketchup and tomato sauces. Early evidence has shown that people who eat diets rich in lycopene have lower incidences of certain cancers, especially prostate, lung and stomach cancers. Men who are at high risk for prostate cancer or have prostate cancer also have been shown to have low blood levels of this antioxidant.

Luscious Lycopene Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

20  sliced wedges of watermelon

1  cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves

2  teaspoons basil, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

4  teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

½ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Mix all the ingredients. Sprinkle salad with gorgonzola cheese and chopped basil.

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