Posted on July 10, 2018
One of the best parts about the summer season is the abundance of in season fruits and Vegetables available. A national favorite of these summer fruits and veggies is the tomato. Distinguished easily by their bright red color, tomatoes pack a punch in more than just the realm of flavor! They are great for your health too!
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
The medium red fruit is a great source of Vitamin C and many free radical fighting antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable elements that are linked to faster aging and other diseases. By increasing the amount of antioxidants you consume, you will help your body prevent against the harm of free radicals in the environment around us. Tomatoes are also a fantastic source of potassium, which aids in regulating blood pressure as well as promoting bone strength and muscle recovery after exercise. It is also suggested that cooking tomatoes, especially in healthy fats such as olive oil or avocado oil increase the rate at which the body is able to absorb these key nutrients.
How to incorporate Tomatoes into your diet
The great thing about this summer time fruit is that it is so versatile! The Tomato has been a staple in many cuisines from around the world. Try your hand at a fun, home-made salsa, or classic red sauce for pasta, add tomato slices to sandwiches, salads and wraps or diced to enhance a morning omelette! There is no wrong way to slice it.
Neutralizing Tomato risks
One of the only problems with tomatoes is commercialized farming and pesticide use. There is no need to worry though, thoroughly washing your fruit before eating helps to eliminate all surface pesticides. If you’re searching for even less of a risk of pesticides opt for organic tomatoes in the grocery store, or even better head to your local farmers market! Organic farming aims at using no or all natural pesticides on their crops. Farmers market shopping allows you to go right to the source and ask questions about farming methods as well as supporting local business! Washing before eating is still an important step, and not to be forgotten.
Now it’s time to get out there and enjoy! Tomatoes are only this fresh once a year. Happy slicing!
(Sources: Medical News Today, WebMD)