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Bryce Wylde, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answeredKetchup contains the antioxidant lycopene. U.S. Department of Agriculture research biologists and many other scientists well understand the powerful antioxidant in ketchup. They say it may slow the process that leads to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). While all ketchup contains some lycopene, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that organic versions contain up to 60 percent more per gram than conventional brands. The researchers also found that organic ketchup had the highest levels of vitamins A, C, and E.