Eat Tomato Paste To Fight Wrinkles And Sun Damage

Tomatoes and Tomato Paste

When we were living in Hong Kong, we saw a makeover reality show on TV that mentioned the health benefits of eating tomato paste. A few volunteers ate tomato paste daily for several months and claimed they burned less easily in the sun and saw a slight reversal in sun damage. I wish I could remember the name of the show. It caught my attention because eating a little tomato paste is definitely something I can do.

The Benefits Of Lycopene In Tomato Paste

I found numerous articles online that said in 2008, researchers at Manchester and Newcastle Universities in England saw measured results in 10 volunteers that ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste plus 2 teaspoons of olive oil every day for 3 months. Their skin’s ability to block UV rays improved.

It’s the lycopene found in tomatoes that provides this benefit, and it becomes more highly concentrated after being cooked. That’s why they suggest eating tomato paste versus raw tomatoes. Think about how many raw tomatoes you’d have to eat to get the right dosage. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is not produced by our bodies. It is a pigment that gives tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables their red color. You can read more about lycopene on the American Dietetic Association website.

The Combination Of Olive Oil And Tomato Paste

Researchers suspect that olive oil and tomato paste are a particularly powerful combination. They are not sure if the added beneficial antioxidants, squalene and oleic acid in olive oil are complementary or if the combination provides some sort of further enhanced benefit. Mediterranean populations have a low incidence of skin cancer and they obviously eat quite a bit of olive oil.

The Tomato Paste Study

Anyway, 10 volunteers ate tomato paste and olive oil and another 10 volunteers just ate olive oil. They tested small patches of their skin with UV lamps. After 3 months, the tomato paste eaters were a third better protected against sunburn at the end of the study than at the start. They also had higher collagen levels. This level of improvement supposedly equates to a low level sunscreen. I don’t think anyone believes this is a substitute for sunscreen, however.

I am born and raised in Southern California so I’ve had my fair share of sun. Only when I moved to Hong Kong, where people walk around with umbrellas if it’s sunny, did I become a little bit more conscious of keeping my freckles at bay. One of my friends there, who is very wealthy and from Beijing originally, when faced with possibly moving to LA did not want to because of the sun. She claimed she’d have to take an umbrella everywhere and I told her she’d have a tough time blending in doing that.

On our last trip to Costco, I bought a giant box of organic tomato paste. I’m going to try this experiment and see what happens.

*Photo credit: istockphoto/robynmac

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Comments

  1. MariahNYC says:

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  2. It’s good heard that now tomato can work on our diseases too llike wrinkles & sun damage. Thanks for the informative note on it which save not only time but also cost from doctors too in our busy life style. Thanks once again. :)

    • I need to write a follow up post about this but I did notice that I was sunburning less during the time when I was eating tomato paste everyday. I used to go out in my backyard in the sun and turn red pretty quickly. I ran out, got busy and slacked on eating it religiously. Need to start on it again!

  3. Great to see info about olive oil (again). You never can get enough of the versatile oil that is good for you from head to toe–inside and outside the body. Health, home cures, beauty, pet and household care, and yep, you can cook and bake with it.
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  4. What a great post! I am very interested in testing this out myself. If you add olive oil to your salad, or dip it with some warm bread, it would go down much easier. I use olive oil instead of salad dressing all the time, so at least it is a substitution and not added calories.
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  5. this is good news for me & my family, we eat a lot of tomatoes/tom paste/olive oil. also can’t get enough of garlic, yum. it’s supposed to be good for you too, but i just love it regardless. can you tell i have a Sicilian Nana?

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