Ron Levin reveals why the humble tomato is really a superfruit
YOU MAY not have known that it is British Tomato Week later this month, but retired pharmacist Ron Levin wants to let the world know just what a superfood the fruit is.
Mr Levin’s book, The Red Bodyguard: The Amazing Health Promoting Properties of the Tomato (Icon Books), reviews over 200 medical and nutritional studies from 24 countries on the numerous health benefits packed into the tomato. As well as fighting heart disease and cancer (particularly of the prostate), tomatoes are also indicated to help male infertility, eye diseases, asthma, pre-eclampsia in pregnant women and even sunburn.
Mr Levin tells People: “My career was focused on treating disease, and I thought: how about preventing it? I didn’t set out with an interest in tomatoes, but my attention was caught by the vast amount of work on the benefits of them.”
He says cooking or processing tomatoes releases the greatest amount of beneficial ingredients, with tomato-based sauces especially efficient.
Mr Levin, a widower, belongs to Edgware Reform Synagogue.