How do you activate lycopene in tomatoes?

Chef's answer
What's the best way to eat tomatoes to get the most lycopene?
  • Eat tomato sauce, tomato paste, or tomato soup, all of which are good heated sources of lycopene.
  • Eat fresh tomatoes with olive oil, an ideal fat for absorption.
  • Eat tomatoes with other antioxidant-rich vegetables, such as in a salad.
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    Ah, yes, tomato ketchup has the body and robust flavor of tomato paste with a bit of added sugar and seasoning, so it makes a great substitute for tomato paste in cooking.
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    It's not quite as thick as tomato paste, but it's much thicker than sauce or fresh tomatoes. Keep in mind that ketchup contains vinegar, sugar, and spices, so adding ketchup to your favorite recipes will certainly change their flavor profile.
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