Not that we needed another reason to love pizza—especially with the new generation of passionate pizza artisans on the rise—but a University of Manchester study shows remarkable health benefits from the regular consumption of tomato paste. According to an article in the UK Independent, eating cooked tomatoes may be the best way to avoid sunburn and wrinkles.

A study found that volunteers who ate helpings of ordinary tomato paste over a 12-week period developed skin that was less likely to burn in the sun.

The effect of eating tomatoes was equivalent to slapping on a factor 1.3 sunscreen. Changes were also seen within the skin of the volunteers that counteract the appearance of ageing.

Scientists think an antioxidant, lycopene, which gives tomatoes their colour, can neutralise harmful molecules produced in skin exposed to the sun’s ultra-violet rays.

Those who ate tomato paste—five tablespoons a day, along with some olive oil—were 33 percent more protected from sunlight.

Finally, health advice that might just be fun to follow.

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