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The little red tomato, while delicious, doesn’t have much of a reputation as a super food- but it should. It is one of summers superstars, especially organic and heirloom varieties.
There’s just something so summery and refreshing about biting into a tomato and the health benefits may surprise you.
Before I get into the health benefits I have to say if you’re refrigerating your tomatoes STOP NOW! Refrigeration stops the ripening process and can leave you with mealy tasting tomatoes. Instead leave them on the counter and make sure you eat them before they get too soft. A room temperature, perfectly ripe tomato is a thing of pure wonder.
Tomatoes are chock full of fiber and vitamins including vitamin C which can help you ward off that summer nasty cold that is always lurking.
They are also high in vitamins A, E and K as well as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.
Lycopene gives tomatoes their beautiful red color and can also help decrease oxidative stress as well as the risk of osteoporosis.
Since Mother Nature always knows what she’s doing she’s also included a special phytonutrient known as zeaxanthin in this summer fruit. Zeaxanthin is said to help filter UV rays and protect the eyes from age related diseases.
One of my favorite summer salads is simply mixing some heirloom baby tomatoes, avocado and mozzarella and drizzling it with a touch of olive oil and a sprinkling of pink Himalayan sea salt. Enjoy!
Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.
Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.
Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com