Scientists at the University of Cambridge U.K. conducted research on the effects of oral Lycopene, the active ingredient in a tomato. It was found to have beneficial effects in lowering the risk of Cardiovascular Disease. The results were published in Plos One June 2014. CVD is a worldwide problem but with a lower incidence in the Mediterranean region which has traditionally been associated with the Mediterranean diet i.e. a higher intake of fresh fruits, vegetables and olive oil than other regions. Findings by the researchers at Cambridge in a random controlled clinical trial gives some scientific support to the long held view of the importance of diet. Read more.