Top 10 Foods Highest in Lycopene


Lycopene is currently the most powerful antioxidant which has been measured in food2 and is thought to play a role in preventing cancer and heart disease. How large a protective role lycopene plays is a controversial issue which is still under scientific study. Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color, eating lycopene in excess amounts can cause the skin and liver to have a yellow color. Unlike other carotenes, lycopene does not get converted into vitamin A. There are no known symptoms of a lycopene deficiency, and no daily value (DV) for lycopene. Below is a list of high lycopene foods, for more, see the lists of high lycopene foods by nutrient density, and lycopene rich foods.

#1: Guavas
Lycopene in 100gPer cup (165g)Per fruit (55g)
5204g 8587g 2862g
An average guava contains only 37 calories and half a gram of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#2: Watermelon
Lycopene in 100gPer cup, diced (152g)Per wedge (286g)
4532g 6889g 12962g
A wedge of watermelon contains 86 calories and less than half a gram of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#3: Tomatoes (Cooked)
Lycopene in 100gPer cup (240g)Per 2 tomatoes (246g)
3041g 7298g 7481g
A cup of raw cherry tomatoes provides 3834g lycopene and a cup of raw, chopped tomatoes provides 4631g lycopene. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#4: Papaya
Lycopene in 100gPer cup, pieces (145g)Per small papaya (157g)
1828g 2651g 2870g
A small papaya contains only 68 calories and less than half a gram of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#5: Grapefruit
Lycopene in 100gPer cup sections (230g)Per half (128g)
1135g 2611g 1453g
Half an average grapefruit contains only 41 calories and virtually no fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#6: Sweet Red Peppers (Cooked)
Lycopene in 100gPer cup, chopped (106g)
484g 513g
Half a cup of chopped, sauted red peppers contain 71 calories. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


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#7: Asparagus (Cooked)
Lycopene in 100gPer 1/2 cup (90g)Per 4 spears (60g)
30g 27g 18g
Half a cup of cooked asparagus contains only 20 calories and 0.2 grams of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#8: Red (Purple) Cabbage
Lycopene in 100gPer cup, chopped (89g)Per small head (567g)
20g 18g 113g
A cup of chopped raw cabbage contains only 28 calories and 0.14 grams of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#9: Mango
Lycopene in 100gPer cup, pieces (165g)Per fruit (336g)
3g 5g 10g
Half an average mango contains 101 calories and 0.6 grams of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.


#10: Carrots
Lycopene in 100gPer cup, chopped (128g)Per carrot (61g)
1g 1.3g 0.6g
An average carrot contains only 25 calories and 0.15 grams of fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.





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Top 10 High Lycopene Foods by Nutrient Density (Lycopene per Gram)
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Author Info


Daisy Whitbread BSc (Hons) MSc DipION is a fully qualified nutritionist also trained in nutritional therapy. After her undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Physiology, she studied a Masters degree in Nutrition at King's College, London. She then studied Nutritional Therapy for three years at The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Read more...