Undated (WXOW) - More evidence that keeping fruits and vegetables in our diet helps keep us healthy.
According to a study published in the Journal "Neurology" ripe, red tomatoes can keep you healthy.
The study followed more than 1,000 men between the ages of 45 and 65 over 20 years.
Tomatoes and tomato products are rich in an anti-oxidant called lycopene.
The research found that among men with the lowest levels of lycopene in their blood, 25 of 258 had a stroke.
Among those with the highest levels of lycopene, 11 of 259 had a stroke.
Overall, those with higher levels of lycopene were 59 percent less likely to have a stroke.
The authors say eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is associated with a lower risk of stroke. They add that a balanced diet including more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day could prevent many strokes.
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