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Lycopene is a bright red carotenoid[?] pigment found in tomatoes; the name is derived from the tomato's species classification, Lycopersicum lycopersicum

Lycopene, being naturally so prevalent in a common foodstuff, has been licensed for use as a food additive. Its approved use is as a food colouring, though research has shown that it is also a powerful antioxidant, with possibly beneficial effects on health.

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