Healthy Living Tips

Healthy Living Tip #413

Make that burger better for you with a shot of organic ketchup. USDA researchers recently compared lycopene levels in 13 commercial varieties of ketchup and found that organic brands pack as much as three times the amount of the cancer-fighting phytochemical in ordinary brands. Study coauthor Betty Ishida, PhD, speculates that the organics top the list because they’re made with riper tomatoes. “The darker red a ketchup is, the greater the lycopene content,” says Ishida. Another good hue cue is green-and-white; that’s the color of the USDA’s certified-organic label.