Food Science and Technology Vol. 12(1), pp. 1 - 14
DOI: 10.13189/fst.2024.120101
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Lycopene Extracted from Tomato - A Review

Samya Boulaajine 1,2,*, Hassan Hajjaj 1,2
1 Laboratory of Biotechnology and Bioresources Valorization, Faculty of Sciences of Meknes, Moulay Ismail University, BP 11201, Zitoune, Meknes, Morocco
2 Cluster of Competency «Agri-food, Safety and Security» IUC VLIR-UOS, Moulay Ismail University, Marjane 2, BP 298, Meknes, Morocco


Lycopene, a bioactive compound found in tomatoes, has gained significant attention in recent years due to its various nutritional and physiological properties, including its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects. These properties can be the subject of claims. This review explores the source of lycopene from tomato, their potential uses and benefits. Equally, we discussed the nutrition and health claims related to lycopene. The importance of tomatoes as a rich source of lycopene and their nutritional composition was highlighted and compared with other fruits and vegetables. We discussed the use of lycopene in various food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products as a natural colorant. Then, the nutraceutical properties of lycopene were examined with emphasizing its role as an antioxidant and its potential to prevent cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer. Furthermore, this paper discusses the regulatory aspects and permissible limits of lycopene usage in different countries, especially Morocco, the European Union, and the United States. It also emphasizes the regulatory texts governing food supplements and claims in these countries. Upon evaluating the Moroccan regulations regarding nutritional and health claims, it can be observed that the competent authority has thoroughly outlined the requirements for using them. However, there is a legal vacuum concerning the use of health entitlements. In contrast, the European Amalgamation and the United States adopts a rigid policy in this regard. This review provides valuable insights into the potential applications and health benefits of lycopene extracted from tomatoes, underscoring its significance for future research and development.

Lycopene, Dietary Supplement, Nutritional Claim, Health Claims

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[1] Samya Boulaajine , Hassan Hajjaj , "Lycopene Extracted from Tomato - A Review," Food Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 1 - 14, 2024. DOI: 10.13189/fst.2024.120101.

(b). APA Format:
Samya Boulaajine , Hassan Hajjaj (2024). Lycopene Extracted from Tomato - A Review. Food Science and Technology, 12(1), 1 - 14. DOI: 10.13189/fst.2024.120101.