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Tomatoes are Healthy!

I remember when I was a kid, I did not like Tomatoes. I thought they looked funny and when I finally got the courage to actually taste one, the flavor was not appealing at all (a dash of salt probably would have helped). As a lot of people know, when you grow up your tastes tend to change. Luckily for me I eventually developed a taste for eating Tomatoes. Tomatoes are officially listed as both a vegetable and a fruit.

How to Eat Tomatoes

I put Tomatoes in salads, in sandwiches, in pasta dishes, on burgers, on pizza, and use them as a side dish for a variety of healthy meals. Oh, and I absolutely love Tomato Soup, with a toasted cheese sandwich on the side, of course.

Tomatoes for Breakfast

For breakfast, sometimes I’ll put a few thin slices of tomato on toast with a little olive oil drizzled on top. Or I’ll add some slices on the side when I eat scrambled eggs. A good old-fashioned BLT is also quite enjoyable, yet I don’t eat them as often as I used to due to the high fat content in mayo, and the general unhealthiness that accompanies regular bacon. I also would eat more than one because they’re so good! (Maybe I can make a healthier version? hmmmm…). For a vegetarian breakfast, I eat them on a bagel along with a little Neufchatel Cheese and vegetarian bacon.

So how healthy are tomatoes?

Tomatoes… • are full of vitamins and antioxidants • include lycopene (a flavonoid antioxidant), which protects the body from harmful free radicals and are known to help prevent cancer • are rich in potassium • are low in calories • help to lower cardiovascular disease

A Few More Popular Types of Tomatoes

-Roma, Heirloom, Early Girl, Beefsteak, Plum, Cherry, Grape Did You Know… -Tomatoes are America’s fourth most popular vegetable? -Tomatoes are grown in all 50 states? With California growing a whopping 96% of them? -China is the largest producer of Tomatoes? -French people used to call the Tomato the ‘apple of love’? -The heaviest Tomato on record weighed in at more than 7 pounds? TIPS: -Tomatoes that are fully ripe when picked contain a lot more vitamin C ad beta-carotene -Storing Tomatoes in the refrigerator isn’t highly recommended as this can reduce flavor and firmness. Instead, store them in a cool dry place… -Tomatoes are more easily absorbed into the body if you add a little (healthy!) fat when eating them, such as olive oil or an avocado

 

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