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11 Reasons to Love Tomatoes


Friday, August 02, 2013

If you’re not already a tomato-lover, here are 11 reasons to start loving them now:

1. Tomatoes are rich in a collection of phytonutrients called carotenoids. You’ve probably already heard of beta-carotene and lycopene. But there are others. And exciting research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute shows that higher amounts of carotenoids–including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and total carotenoids–may have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

2. According to new research in the journal Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, scientists created diabetic conditions in animals and fed some lycopene while others were fed their typical diet free of lycopene. The biochemistry of animals fed lycopene returned to normal while the others stayed at diabetic levels. This study shows promise that lycopene (found in tomatoes) can help restore biochemical balance in diabetics.

3. New research in the journal Harvard Health Letter found that diets rich in tomatoes can help prevent stroke. The scientists chalk up the results to tomatoes’ rich lycopene content.

4. Research shows the lycopene found in tomatoes, when eaten regularly, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 29 percent. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown in research to lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. They have also been shown to prevent clumping in the blood (known as platelet aggregation) which is a risk factor for atherosclerosis

5. They contain an important phytonutrient called lycopene that has been proven in studies to fight aging and have anti-cancer properties. It appears to be particularly effective against prostate and colon cancers.

6. Lycopene found in tomatoes even protects our genetic material against damage and the resulting disease.

7. Tomatoes stimulate the production of the amino acid carnitine which has been shown in research to speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by over 30 percent.

8. Excellent sources of vitamin C, tomatoes can help keep your immune system strong.

9. Lack of lycopene in a menopausal woman’s diet has been linked to osteoporosis.

10. Because tomatoes are a rich source of the phytonutrients beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, they can help improve vision and protect your eyes from degeneration.

11. They are delicious and so versatile! They can be enjoyed in pasta, salads, soups, stews, wraps, curries, and many of your favorite dishes.

Some people claim that tomatoes should be eaten cooked for maximum nutritional value. That’s not the full story however. While lycopene is best absorbed from cooked tomatoes, vitamin C and the enzymes found in tomatoes are best if eaten uncooked. Just adding a dash of olive oil on your raw tomatoes significantly increases the absorption of lycopene. Eating tomatoes in a variety of foods helps ensure the best nutrient absorption. Relish cooked tomatoes in soups, stews, and curries. Enjoy raw ones in salads, sandwiches, and salsas.

Research also shows that the form of lycopene found in yellow and orange tomatoes is better absorbed than from red tomatoes. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the red ones, but throw in some multi-colored heirloom tomatoes into the mix too.


Some tomato recipes

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PATTIE441 8/15/2013 6:07PM

    Thank you girl! I love tomatoes! My mother craved them when she was pregnant with me, and really passed on the love for them! Yum! Great recipes! You rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 8/3/2013 11:22PM

    Love tomatoes! But, I do have a mild allergy to them, so have to be careful not to eat too many of them. emoticon emoticon

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JACEUG 8/2/2013 4:00PM

    I absolutely love the smell of freshly picked tomatoes. It reminds me of my childhood days. My mom had a whole hectar planted with tomatoes. I helped picking them, drying them, making jam and sharing them with the neighbours.

My dad's treat was a slice of thick cut, freshly baked bread with jam and milk.

Fantastic!

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JACEUG 8/2/2013 3:58PM

    I absolutely love the smell of freshly picked tomatoes. It reminds me of my childhood days. My mom had a whole hectar planted with tomatoes. I helped picking them, drying them, making jam and sharing them with the neighbours.

My dad's treat was a slice of thick cut, freshly baked bread with jam and milk.

Fantastic!

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/2/2013 3:34PM

    We love tomatoes here. I have 9 huge plants growing and they are loaded. Now if they will only ripen before toe cold sets in. Today it is raining and only near 60. I hope August didn't issue in fall for us. It sure feels that way as I sat here with my sweats and sweater on. LOL

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TATTER3 8/2/2013 1:34PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2013 8:35AM

    Just saw this article this morning too and was gonna post it! Good job! I thought it was a great article and I certainly will enjoy my tomatoes!!!!

HUGS

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WENDYJM4 8/2/2013 6:22AM

    great info Sandra, however if you have kidney disease you cannot eat them. I do love them but rarely have them now. emoticon

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GOANNA2 8/2/2013 5:56AM

    Thanks Sandra.I love tomatoes, but then I wouldn't
be a true Greek if I didn't, lol. emoticon emoticon

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MOTLEM 8/2/2013 5:55AM

    Yummo! emoticon Love emoticon

Only one thing wrong with tomatoes, and that is if I eat too many, I break out in hives!
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Top blog, SS!

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SUSIEPH1 8/2/2013 5:39AM

    Love my tomatoes ... Great Blog Love xxx emoticon emoticon

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