Tomatoes are in season, so let’s take a look at these delicious, healthy fruits!
That’s right, we said fruit! Although the U.S. Supreme Court declared them a vegetable in 1893, tomatoes are actually a fruit since they are seed-bearing and grow on a vine. However, they are generally eaten and prepared like a vegetable.
Juicy and sweet, fresh tomatoes are a delicious addition to salads and create wonderful sauces for pasta dishes, stews and curries. They’re also chock-full of nutrients and have been linked to a variety of health benefits.
Here are several health benefits of the tomato:
- Tomatoes are a great source of vitamins. A single tomato provides about 40% of the daily recommended minimum of vitamin C. They also supply vitamins A and K, as well as potassium.
- They protect your heart health. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which is tied to lower death rates for people with metabolic syndrome.
- They improve your vision. Lycopene, along with the nutrients lutein and beta-carotene, protect against eye conditions including cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Tomatoes boost digestive health. The fluid and fiber in tomatoes are helpful to those prone to constipation.
- They promote skin health. A 2011 study found that the combination of tomato paste and olive oil protected against sun damage, and also boosted the production of the pro-collagen molecule that gives the skin its structure and keeps it firm and youthful.
- Tomatoes guard against cancer. Observational studies have found links between the compound lycopene and fewer incidences of prostate, ovarian, lung and stomach cancers.
Incorporating tomatoes into your diet is a clear winner full of health benefits for your eyes down to your gut. Whether you want to eat them fresh, dried, or as sauce, salsa or paste, Muzzarelli Farms has you covered with a large inventory of Jersey Fresh tomatoes!
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