Ben­e­fits of Ly­copene

Consumer Voice - - Tomato Ketchup -

It is a po­tent in­hibitor of hu­man can­cer and also re­duces the risk of prostate and breast can­cer It is a good an­tiox­i­dant and a nat­u­ral and sta­ble food-colour­ing mat­ter; it is also used as a nu­tri­ent in sup­ple­ment tablets for its an­tiox­i­dant prop­er­ties. It stops LDL choles­terol from be­ing ox­i­dised by free rad­i­cals; fur­ther, it can­not be de­posited in the plaques that nar­row and har­den the ar­ter­ies. It helps pre­vent di­a­betes. It pre­vents age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion and cataracts. It may help pre­vent os­teo­poro­sis.

As per the na­tional stan­dards (BIS & FSS Reg­u­la­tions, 2011), tomato ketchup must con­tain not less than 25 per cent of to­tal sol­u­ble solids. All the brands were found above the min­i­mum

re­quire­ment for to­tal sol­u­ble solids. TSS was found high­est in Weik­field and low­est in Mum’s. Acid­ity as Acetic Acid Acid­ity is re­lated to the shelf life of the prod­uct. If acid­ity (acetic acid) is lower than the min­i­mum limit, mi­crobes will be­gin to grow, al­low­ing con­tam­i­na­tion of the prod­uct and re­duc­ing its shelf life. As per the na­tional stan­dards, acid­ity should be a min­i­mum 1.2 per cent by weight; as per FSS Reg­u­la­tions, it should be a min­i­mum 1.0 per cent. All the brands were well above the min­i­mum re­quire­ment set by the In­dian Stan­dard as well as FSS Reg­u­la­tions. Car­bo­hy­drates Car­bo­hy­drates are the su­gars, starches and fi­bres found in fruits, grains and veg­eta­bles and milk prod­ucts. Though often ma­ligned in trendy di­ets, car­bo­hy­drates are one of the ba­sic food groups and are im­por­tant to a healthy life.

Tomato ketchup is a source of car­bo­hy­drates. While some quan­tity is gen­er­ally found in the ripened

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