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Best Food Sources of Lycopene for Your Type

QUESTION: I want to know what a good source of lycopene is, since tomatoes are forbidden on the A diet.

ANSWER: It should also be remembered that tossing a tomato into your salad is not going to give you all that much lycopene. Tomatoes have a very high water content, so not surprisingly you only find high concentrations of lycopene in tomato paste. You also find large amounts of tomato lectin in tomato paste.

Research confirms that lycopene from tomatoes is absorbed much better into the bloodstream if it is first processed.OK, now for the good news: Lycopene is found in a number of other foods in addition to tomatoes. Let’s take a look:

Food Micrograms lycopene per 100 grams

Tomato paste, canned 8580

Guava 6500

Watermelon, raw 5400

Grapefruit, red* 4100

Papaya 3500

Tomato, raw 3100

Apricots, dried 864

Rosehip puree 780

There is some evidence that Texas Red Grapefruit has the highest lycopene content of all commercially available grapefruit. As you can see from the chart, raw tomato does not place very high.


Dr. Peter D'Adamo is a naturopathic physician, author, researcher-educator and software developer. He is considered a world expert on glycobiology, principally the ABO blood groups and the secretor (FUT2) polymorphisms. He is the author of the international best-seller, Eat Right 4 Your Type and the Blood Type Diet series of books, and he is currently a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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