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A Cute Tomato: More Than Just a Pretty Face

By Tom Herrin

Some years ago, it seemed like a lot of references were made associating food with people.  Someone may be a hot tamale if they are a little on the wilder side.  The apple of someone's eye made reference to a special person to someone else.  A cute tomato was always some girl who seemed to have just the right appeal to someone else.  That definition might also accurately describe the food itself.  It is not unusual because everyone is familiar with tomatoes.  They have all eaten them, though some more than others.  Most enjoy them.  The chief complaint may be that they get bread soggy when eaten  in sandwiches.  But boy, can a tomato do some good things for health.

They Are Packed with Nutrients

A lot of people are concerned with getting an adequate amount of Vitamin C.  Tomatoes are a great way to get a good supply.  It is an antioxidant that can help to fight many illnesses.  They also have iron, which many people struggle to get enough of.  Vitamins A, K, and potassium can be found as well.

They May Help Fight Some Cancers

Tomatoes have lycopene.  It is another antioxidant that is believed to be effective in fighting several kinds of cancers.  These include cancer of the breast, prostate, and possibly renal cells.  Its high water content can likely keep the urinary tract working as it should.  Everyone knows it is one of the juicier items in the produce section.  

They Are Great Raw or Cooked

Many people enjoy fresh tomatoes.  We like to eat them warm, right out of a garden or fresh market.  They are always good on hamburgers or sandwiches.  Most enjoy ketchup on lots of things, from fries to hot dogs to fish to meats -- and on and on.  For most of us, spaghetti would not be the same without tomato sauce.  In our home, we use stewed tomatoes in soups, chili, and beans.  We also really like having crushed tomatoes with sausage over noodles.  Anytime we go out to eat, we order chips and salsa as an appetizer.  It seems that salsa is a condiment of choice with many things such as tacos or fajitas.  It shouldn't take much effort for you to find a way to increase your intake of tomatoes.  You may want to give it a try.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bluffton, S.C.

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