Happy Friday!!! I made it through my first work week after vacation, and let me just say…it definitely wasn’t easy! It’s always hard getting back into the swing of things when you’ve been gone for a week. At least it’s a long weekend, right?!?
Anywho…to continue on with the tradition of PFF, I wanted to talk a little bit about TOMATOES. Growing up in an Italian family meant that tomatoes made an appearance quite often. My grandma would can her own tomatoes and make fresh tomato sauce all the time. Actually, I don’t even know if my mom will remember this, but I remember when I was little my mom and I were helping my grandma can some tomatoes and my mom ended up spilling a ton of it on her yellow shirt. Boy was she mad!!!! It pretty much ruined the shirt as you may imagine!
My grandparents also used to grow tomatoes in the garden. Since Justin and I live in a townhouse, we don’t’ really have our own garden, but luckily I can go to my parents’ house to get some fresh tomatoes. FYI…these pics are from my dad’s garden. So, tomatoes are pretty much a staple in our house. I like adding them to pasta dishes, salads and I even add them to my smoothies sometimes (I know that sounds weird, but I swear you’d never know).
Tomatoes have some pretty important and well-known health benefits, so take a look:
- Antioxidant benefits.
- An excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene; a very good amount of the mineral manganese; and a good amount of vitamin E.
- In terms of phytonutrients, tomatoes are basically off the chart (click HERE for a full list).
- Provide cardiovascular support (reduce the risk of heart disease).
- Supports bone health due to the rich supply of antioxidants.
- Anti-cancer benefits — specifically prostate cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer (although not well researched for all cancer types).
- Diets that include tomatoes have been linked with reduced risk of some neurological diseases (including Alzheimer’s disease) in multiple studies (not as thoroughly researched).
- Tomato-containing diets have also been linked in a few studies with reduced risk of obesity (not as thoroughly researched).
Pretty cool, huh!?!
What’s your favorite way to eat tomatoes?
Do you have a garden?
Reference: Tomatoes by the World’s Healthiest Foods