“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
I have a garden full of tomatoes.
Some I bought, and some just grew themselves!
For those of us currently enjoying the summer season, tomatoes are hitting their peak.
I eat them 3 times a day, as snacks, instead of fruit, as a wonderful salad with salt pepper and olive oil etc…
…raw, blended, stewed, baked, and simmered!
My grandma used to take a whole tomato, some salt, and a baking powder biscuit wrapped in waxed paper, in a brown paper bag, to the movies with her.
Right in the middle of the action, she would open all the crinkly paper, and alternate big slurpy bites of tomato with bites of biscuit.
For my grandma, that was a heavenly moment. For us? Well, we endured…
It turns out that besides the sheer joy of eating a freshly picked sun-warmed tomato, there are also some solid anti-aging benefits. Who knew?
- a good source of chromium, a mineral that helps regulate blood sugar – very important for hormonal balance, weight loss, and stress reduction.
- high in anti-inflammatory nutrients beta-carotene and carotenoids which help reduce chronic pain, and make your skin and hair look great.
- full of lycopene, a known cancer fighter, that has also been shown to improve bone mass, and protect the skin from sun damage. BTW, lycopene becomes more bio-available when tomatoes are cooked.
- nutrient rich, super hydrating, naturally sweet and low in calories – which make them a great daily treat!
There is a persistent myth that tomatoes or anything in the nightshade family of vegetables, which include eggplant, peppers, and potatoes, are inflammatory and cause arthritis and other ills.
If you find that avoiding these foods helps you to feel better in your body, I’m all for it. But for most people, these veggies will have an anti-inflammatory effect.