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Adding Fat to Tomatoes Helps the Body Metabolize the Nutrients

Smarter Eats: Add a Little Fat to Your Tomatoes

After years of being maligned, fat is making a comeback. It's the macronutrient necessary for absorbing fat-soluble nutrients like carotenoids, the antioxidant the body converts to vitamin A. This family of antioxidants gives fruits and veggies their orange and red hues, so the produce containing these antioxidants is easy to spot.

Take tomatoes, for instance. They're known for being high in the antioxidants lycopene and beta carotene, two types of carotenoids. But since lycopene and beta carotene are fat soluble, tomatoes need to be paired with a bit of fat to absorb these important nutrients. Spritzing a little olive oil over your tomatoes adds flavor and will help you reap the benefits of this fruit disguised as a veggie. Or go all out and make a Caprese salad.

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ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I have a ton of fresh basil that I just picked.. I bet it would go great on your olive oil tomatoes!
catita85 catita85 8 years
Mmmm, tomatoes and olive oil, excellent combination.
stumbler02 stumbler02 8 years
I don't get it...doesn't it already mix with fat in your gut when you digest it?
nancita nancita 8 years
Good to know!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I eat my tomatoes in my salads with olive oil viniagrette and nuts with them. Fat with your veggies definitely is a good thing...you need it to absorb a lot of nutrients. If you must use a FF salad dressing, use another source of fat in your salad, such as nuts or avocados.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
A good reminder Fit ! Aside from it tasting awful, FF dressing means that your body does not absorb the nutrients from the veggies. I love olice oil + balsamic vin on my salads
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