Everybody knows tomatoes are good for you. After all, they are vegetables...or fruits, depending on whom you ask. Either way--fruit or vegetable--those juicy, red spheres are packed with nutrients. Although many varieties exist, from heirloom to the new cancer-fighting purple tomato, it is an ingredient in the good ol' fashioned red tomato that is the focus here.
Lycopene is deep red in color and found in various fruits and vegetables. The tomato (which is quite red) has a high concentration of the antioxidant. Thought to be helpful in countering the effects of aging, lycopene may not be an essential nutrient for humans, but is certainly well regarded. Surely, its capability to reign in those pesky free radicals must count for something.
Japanese health and beauty shop WenBee has taken the lycopene out from the tomato and put it into soap. According to the maker, the unique antioxidant nature of lycopene is not only beneficial to the body on the inside, but also the outside. Vegetable Soap Tomato lycopin red will get you clean and hopefully help keep your skin healthy at the same time. The soap is sold in 100g rounds for about $20.
Just remember, even though tomato red may be an appetizing color, this may be one food-related product you actually don't want to eat.