Riddle: What’s red, smaller than a breadbox, and has many health benefits for you?
Answer: A tomato!
You’re baffled? Something as small, delicious, and versatile as a tomato can help your cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. Believe it, friend.
Let’s settle a well-known argument about tomatoes – tomatoes are a fruit! According to the dictionary, tomatoes are a fruit because they contain seeds.
So the magical food is the big, ripe, red tomato! Tomatoes have many medical advantages like lowering cholesterol, supporting the immune system, reducing the risk of heart disease, and combating cancers such as:
o Breast cancer
o Cervical cancer
o Colon cancer
o Esophagus cancer
o Pharynx cancer
o Prostate cancer
o Mouth cancer
o Rectum cancer
o Stomach cancer
You ask, “Can a little tomato can prevent or treat all of these ailments?” Yes. The reason for this is because a tomato is made up mostly of water, its nutrients include vitamin A and C, a trace of several other vitamins, beta carotene, a small amount of iron and other minerals, a little fiber, and a very small amount of protein. Like all fruits and vegetables, the tomato contains a tiny amount of fat, but no cholesterol.
So you like choices. Well, you’re at the right place because we have a myriad of different kinds of tomatoes you can choose from. You have choices on what kinds of tomatoes you can eat! Take your pick from these:
1. Beef Steak tomato
2. Fried Green tomato
3. Green grape tomato
4. Orange sunburst tomato
5. Red tomato
6. Red cherry tomato
7. Red currant tomato
8. Red grape tomato
9. Red pear tomato
10. Roma/Plum tomato
11. Sun-dried tomato
12. Yellow tomato
13. Yellow cherry tomato
14. Yellow currant tomato
15. Yellow pear tomato
16. Yellow sunburst tomato
Tomatoes can be added to the diet in three delicious ways such as:
1. Raw tomatoes can be chopped, sliced or grilled and added to omelets, salads, sandwiches and main dishes.
2. Processed tomato products can be added to spaghetti sauce, stews or chili.
3. Tomato juice is a healthy beverage.
You don’t like eating just plain tomatoes? No problem! Here are a few of the many different healthy and delicious recipes that contain some form or type of tomatoes. Don’t limit yourself to these recipes, create your own! You’re the chef, so get cooking:
Cheesy Potato Skins with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Dumplings with Tomatoes and Zucchini
Garlic Kissed Tomatoes
Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Pesto
Stuffed Tomatoes with Rice
Vermicelli with Broccoli and Sun-dried Tomatoes