Why are tomatoes red in color?

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Why are tomatoes red in color?

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  1. Like all plants tomatoes undergo photosynthesis for which it contains two pigments- chlorophyll and lycopene. While chlorophyll is green in colour, lycopene is red in colour. When they begin growing, tomatoes contain a lot of chlorophyll and hence they are green in colour. However as they continue to grow the lycopene pigment starts increasing. This pigment is generated by the plant to protect itself from oxidation. The bright red color in tomato is due to the presence of carotenoid lycopene. Since it is a good anti-oxidant, in humans it protects the cells from the harmful actions of free radicals which is one of the major factors for a number of cardiovascular disorders and aging. 

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