Ron Levin re­veals why the hum­ble tomato is re­ally a su­per­fruit

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

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.

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