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Tomato Benefits

photo credit: jacki-dee ('retro look' option please) via photopin cc
photo credit: jacki-dee (‘retro look’ option please) via photopin cc

Tomatoes are an easy, healthful add to a diet. In New Jersey, you can’t beat a farm market fresh Jersey tomato. 🙂 Tomorrow, I’m sharing a recipe for bruschetta, so in the spirit I’m sharing the benefits of tomatoes.

Tomatoes are rich in:

  • Lycopene
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K

The Mayo Clinic describes the benefits of tomatoes: “Numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods or high lycopene serum levels with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.”

Add fresh tomato to any sandwich, wrap, salad, or eat it on its own. Tomatoes can be used to make pasta sauce, bruschetta, salsa, and ketchup.  If you don’t care for the taste of raw tomatoes, try chopping them into smaller pieces. You might not even know they’re there.

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