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Enjoy tomatoes aplenty!

Nothing says summer like a tomato

How to Shop for & Store Tomatoes

  1. Tomatoes are at their peak this time of year. Choose ones that are plump and heavy for their size. Pass over ones with bruises, mold, or discoloration.
  2. Don’t keep tomatoes in the fridge. It diminishes their flavor and texture. Store in a single layer away from direct sun. 
 
How to Use Tomatoes  
  1. Ripe ones are good in salsas, gazpachos, stir-fries, salads and sandwiches. 
  2. Add fresh tomatoes to pasta and pizza in place of jarred tomato sauce.
  3. Stuff a hollowed-out tomato with brown rice, couscous, or quinoa, and bake for an interesting side dish or main course.
  4. Try roasting tomatoes to bring out their natural sweetness and a pleasantly smoky flavor. 
 

Which tomatoes taste the most "tomato-y"?

Red tomatoes tend to have a more "tomato-y" flavor than orange or yellow tomatoes.

What Tomatoes Do for You

 

  1. Tomatoes provide fiber, vitamins C, K, and B6, as well as carotenes, biotin, niacin, and folic acid.
  2. Tomatoes make a great snack at only 35 calories per serving.
  3. Tomatoes contain a red carotene call lycopene. Lycopene has shown promise in protecting against breast, colon, lung, skin, and prostate cancers. It may also work to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Researchers believe these effects are due to its antioxidant activity. 
  4. The ripeness of a tomato affects its lycopene content. The redder it is, the more lycopene it has. For even more lycopene, cook your tomatoes. Cooked tomato paste has up to five times more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
  5. To help the body absorb lycopene, add a little oil to tomatoes.

 

Tomato + Soy = Anticancer

Tomatoes and soy foods have anticancer properties. A new study suggests that eating them together increases their effectiveness in helping to prevent prostate cancer. 

SOURCE 

"Soy and Tomato Combo May Be Effective in Preventing Prostate Cancer," University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, 5/8/13

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