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5 Things About Tomatoes

While I didn't actively avoid tomatoes during the salmonella scare, I am quite happy the FDA has finally given raw tomatoes the thumbs up. To celebrate my favorite fruit disguised as a veggie, I thought I would share five things ways tomatoes benefit your health.

  1. Blood Pressure: Eating tomatoes for eight weeks was found to reduce blood pressure in people with mild hypertension. So eat some tomatoes to help your heart chill out.
  2. Ketchup: Cooking tomatoes increases their lycopene content, and America's favorite condiment, ketchup, is no exception. However, organic ketchup has three times the amount of the antioxidants than its conventional counterpart.
  3. Cancer: Tomatoes have been shown to decrease the risk of pancreatic cancer as well as breast cancer.

There are two other reasons to eat tomatoes, so


  1. Skin: Eating tomatoes can help increase skin's natural defenses when it comes to UV rays. While you should still wear sunscreen, eating tomatoes regularly can boost your skins ability to protect itself from harmful rays.
  2. Cholesterol: Eating tomatoes four times a week, easy to do during Summer, can reduce cholesterol.

Do love tomatoes? Tell me how you like to eat them in the comments section below.


Join The Conversation
BarboraZ BarboraZ 8 years
i do a part time job at TomatoFest where i put tomato seeds into packages...they've got like 600 different tomato seed types! i can't believe there can be so many different tomatoes! anyways, my favorites are the tiny ones that are really sweet! YUMMMM
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 8 years
I love beef steak, Roma and organic cherry tomatoes soaked in aged balsamic vinegar. It's taste explosion in a bowl. As far as Cuban fast food, Pollo Tropical does a great job with their balsamic tomatoes.
healthguru healthguru 8 years
Great post. My dad eats tomatoes as if they were apples - takes big bites out of them. It's super gross! Other tips to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol include eating a diet with lots of mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, and oily fish. Thanks for the well written post! All the best, H.G.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
yumm i lovvve tomatoes
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
tomatoes are the best! there is no way I'll every stop eating them! (I have like 1-3 a day.) ..I was even surprised the FDA recommended us to steer clear of jalapeno peppers. It's probably just media distraction - I eat about 3-10 of those a week!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
mmm i love eating them!!!
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