Sunday, June 28, 2009

Superfood: Tomato

There is nothing so delicious as a summer tomato, ripe, moist and sweet. yum.
Tomatoes are a superfood but unusual in that when cooked, it also is highly nutritious.
Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, chromium, folate and fiber!
They are high in lycopenes. Lycopene has properties to fight and prevent cancers (prostrate, cervical, bladder, breast, colorectal, lung and skin cancers). They contain powerful antioxidants that prevent heart disease and cataracts and help with all macular degeneration (vision) issues.
Lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed when cooked, so tomato sauce is like a delicious scarlet potion!
Jon's mother swears that Pa's diet of 6+ tomatoes a day last summer helped keep his cancerous tumors from growing. Research indicates that she is correct.
Tomatoes protect against heart disease and help lower cholesterol levels.

Need some ways to add tomatoes to your diet, besides eating a summer tomato?
-Try adding chopped tomatoes (fresh, canned or frozen) to soups or stews.
-Make salads incorporating tomatoes, with or without lettuce
-Make salsas for meats - tomato & corn, tomato & bean, tomato and parsley (enjoy with chips or pita bread as well)
-Add chopped tomatoes to guacamole or hummus for added nutrition

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