Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweet Tomato Nutrition Facts

Lycopene is well known as a preventer of prostate cancer, which makes tomatoes high on the healthy food list for men.

Lycopene is not just important for men though. It is a powerful antioxidant and as such helps to protect the cells in our bodies from damage.

More facts about tomatoes? The vitamin B6, niacin, potassium and folate found in abundance in tomatoes are potent protectors against heart disease.

Niacin can lower high cholesterol levels and potassium has been shown to lower high blood pressure and to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Vitamin B6 and folate also work to convert the homocysteine in our bodies into harmless molecules. High levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

The fiber in tomatoes also helps lower cholesterol levels, helps prevent colon cancer and helps to keep blood sugars at a low level.

Tomatoes are a source of riboflavin which has been shown to be helpful for migraine sufferers by reducing the frequency of their headaches.

The facts about tomatoes definitely point to this fruit/vegetable as a nutrient powerhouse and a super food to be enjoyed as often as possible.

Your Daily Recipe!
Chilled Tomato Soup with Cilantro-Yogurt Swirl

2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 pounds ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 5 cups)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 teaspoons chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, (see Note)
1 cup fresh corn kernels, (from about 2 ears; see Note)
1 cup ice water
2 tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt



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