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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


The tomato is classified as a fruit, but when used in the kitchen, it is referred to as a vegetable. Yeah, that is pretty confusing, but it doesn't diminish the health benefits of this little, red rascal by any means.


One medium tomato (148g) provides an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as a good source of potassium and vitamin K, for only 35 calories.

Lycopene is a tomato carotenoid that may protect against heart disease and may also lower the risk of a range of different cancers, including prostate, ovarian, cervical, oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, lung and pancreatic cancers in preliminary studies.

Eating lycopene-rich tomatoes resulted in 33% more protection against sunburn, according to a University of Manchester study. Bonus: Cooking tomatoes will help you maximize these possible effects because heat releases lycopene from the cell walls, making it more available to the body.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

The tomato comes in many varieties and finds its origin in South America, has been spread all over the world by the Spanish and is currently the most popular and grown garden fruit in the U.S. and can be eaten raw, dried, cooked, or turned in to a sauce, pasta, or drink.

Tomatoes are also a good fiber-source, can prevent blood from clotting, help diminish inflammations and migraines and keep blood sugar levels for diabetics in check. They also provide vitamin K which is needed to keep bones healthy and strong.

Research has shown that heating tomatoes almost doubles the healthy qualities it has, but if you rather like consuming it raw, consider drinking one glass of tomato juice a day.

Don't make tea out of the leaves though, because even though the ripe and even green tomatoes are perfectly healthy to eat, the stems and leaves of the plant contain a small amount of toxin; so, be aware of that!

Another thing to be aware of is not to neglect reading the Bible on a daily basis. It is filled to the brim with health benefits and those are not limited to just your physical well being! :-)

Proverbs 4:22
For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.


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