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11 Reasons to Love Tomatoes

5.  They contain an important phytonutrient called lycopene that has been proven in studies to fight aging and have anti-cancer properties.  It appears to be particularly effective against prostate and colon cancers.

6.  Lycopene found in tomatoes even protects our genetic material against damage and the resulting disease.

7.  Tomatoes stimulate the production of the amino acid carnitine which has been shown in research to speed the body’s fat-burning capacity by over 30 percent.

8.  Excellent sources of vitamin C, tomatoes can help keep your immune system strong.

9.  Lack of lycopene in a menopausal woman’s diet has been linked to osteoporosis.

10.  Because tomatoes are a rich source of the phytonutrients beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, they can help improve vision and protect your eyes from degeneration.

11.  They are delicious and so versatile!  They can be enjoyed in pasta, salads, soups, stews, wraps, curries, and many of your favorite dishes.

Some people claim that tomatoes should be eaten cooked for maximum nutritional value.  That’s not the full story however.  While lycopene is best absorbed from cooked tomatoes, vitamin C and the enzymes found in tomatoes are best if eaten uncooked. Just adding a dash of olive oil on your raw tomatoes significantly increases the absorption of lycopene.  Eating tomatoes in a variety of foods helps ensure the best nutrient absorption. Relish cooked tomatoes in soups, stews, and curries. Enjoy raw ones in salads, sandwiches, and salsas.

Research also shows that the form of lycopene found in yellow and orange tomatoes is better absorbed than from red tomatoes.  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the red ones, but throw in some multi-colored heirloom tomatoes into the mix too.

Adapted from The Life Force DietSubscribe to my free e-zine World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:57AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Thanks

9:31PM PST on Nov 18, 2013

Thank you for the information! I love them!

8:43AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

I love them so much. They are so versatile. Great alone and with stuff, raw and cooked... yum

7:07AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

So versatile either raw or cooked.

12:17PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thank you!

11:30AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thanks

11:14AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

I love when food tastes good and is great for you.

5:11PM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thanks.

5:20AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thanks, but are not necessary for me 11 reasons to enjoy tomatoes.

5:21AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Not that I needed any more reasons to love tomatoes but thank you :)

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