The Tomato: One of Nature’s Healthiest Foods?

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Acai berries.  Kale. Goji Berries. Quinoa.  There always seems to be a “superfood of the day.”

Did you know tomatoes and tomato-based foods can top that list? Tomatoes are a great source of carotenoids such as alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, and lypocene, which may decrease the risk for certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even obesity.

Tomatoes are also a source of potassium, vitamin A and C, and folic acid, along with a number of antioxidants, some of which may help stabilize blood glucose.

Eating tomatoes with healthy fats such as avocado or olive oil increases absorption of caretenoids anywhere from 2 to 15 times!

Aside from topping a sandwich or salad with sliced tomato, what are some other ways to add the nutrition powerhouse to your daily diet?

  • Dip cherry or grape tomatoes in hummus or make caprese skewers with fresh mozzarella and basil.
  • Add chopped canned or fresh tomatoes to marinara sauce or soup.
  • For a twist on the most popular dish on Pinterest, top multigrain toast with mashed avocado and sliced tomato.

 

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