The LYCOCARD Project has launched a sister site, Tomato+Health, specifically for supplying
further information and resources concerning heart-healthy nutrition.
It features articles, videos, recipes, games, teaching materials and so much more.
It can be found here - Tomato+Health
Cardiovascular diseases are a main mortality cause in Europe and all developed territories. Lycopene is a plant pigment found in high concentration, among others, in tomatoes, Europe’s second-most important agricultural crop and the main lycopene source in the diet. There is evidence that lycopene protects against this disease. However, its content in tomato products and its beneficial effects have not been sufficiently linked because research has lacked a “total food chain” approach. LYCOCARD will investigate the role of lycopene in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, by addressing each link in a “farm to fork” approach to increase the understanding of diet and health. Based on the research outcomes, scientists hope to develop new health and dietary guidelines for primary prevention, aimed at reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases as well as providing guidelines for those people at risk. An example could be: “Eat five portions of fruits and vegetables, including a tomato product, per day”.