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What could be more refreshing and colorful on the summer menu than a tomato? Whether eaten alone or alongside other fresh summer vegetables, the tangy taste appeals to most. Herbs of thyme, basil, sage, oregano, and dill enhance its flavor in recipes. For many ethnic dishes, tomatoes pair well with chili, cumin, or curry powder for more pungent tastes.

Tomatoes make a great addition to most any sandwich or as the main ingredient. Nothing beats red ripe tomatoes sliced and served on whole wheat bread with your favorite salad dressing or add strips of cooked turkey bacon and fresh spinach. Tomatoes add color, taste, and extra nutrients to many salads. Use as the base for all kinds of interesting combinations from plain cottage cheese to meat salads or in livelier combinations of nuts, cheese, and vegetables. The list is endless.

Not only does the flavor of tomatoes appeal to most, they’re loaded with needed nutrients such as rich sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants includes Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Antioxidants protect against oxidation processes which damage cells and are believed to cause the body to become more susceptible to blood vessel disease, cancer, and other problems.

Lycopene seems to concentrate in the prostate gland and tends to abate prostate cancer. Tomatoes not only may help to prevent cancer, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) reports recent studies found that components of tomatoes stopped growth of cancer cells in the breast, lungs, and endometrial.

As summer winds down, enjoy the tasty treat of many varieties of tomatoes. Go to the link below for a great recipe, “Stuffed Tomatoes with Feta and Pine Nuts.”

And the added bonus? Tomatoes are low in calories. Eat and enjoy!

 

Source: http://www.aicr.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=10196&news

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