Florida researchers turning discards into valuable product

Lockett, Tim
June 2004
Southeast Farm Press;6/2/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 15, p11
Trade Publication
Researchers at the University of Florida, have found an inexpensive way to extract the antioxidant lycopene from tomatoes, a technology that could turn a mountain of discarded produce into a marketable commodity. Lycopene, the substance that gives tomatoes their characteristic red color, is also a powerful antioxidant, one of a family of chemicals, that promote health by protecting cells from damage caused by oxidation. The chemical has been linked to lower rates of prostate cancer and other illnesses. Lycopene's popularity has led a number of health food companies to incorporate the nutrient into their vitamin supplements, driving up demand for the chemical.


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