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9 Surprising Reasons to Love Tomatoes

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9 Surprising Reasons to Love Tomatoes

‘Tis the season for tomatoes—lots of them.  If you have a garden, you may already be enjoying the harvest of your tomato plants.  If not, there are many reasons to stop at your local market and pick some up.  Here are 9 reasons to love tomatoes:

1.  They’re packed with vitamin C—a critical nutrient to keep your immune system strong.

2.  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.

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

4.  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.

5.  Research shows the lycopene found in tomatoes, when eaten regularly, can reduce the risk of heart disease by 29 percent.

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

Keep reading to learn which tomatoes have the most lycopene… I think you’ll be surprised.

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6:55PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Cherry tomatoes covered my garden this spring from those left on the ground last year. I had to pull up 75% of them to make space for other things, and will have many gallons of them ripe through the next month. I share them all with friends and neighbors, but I should have pulled more of them because I lost half of the rest with still to many of these blocking roots and sunlight.

6:46PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Even though I never needed more reasons to LOVE them, it was good info.

5:35PM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Only 9? I love tomatoes and eat them at every opportunity.

8:04PM PDT on May 16, 2013

Love tomatoes, growing 10 in my backyard, they are very good ripe off the vine

7:53PM PDT on May 2, 2013

We love tomatoes! Thanks for sharing.

7:34AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Great benefits. I'm so glad I loooove tomatoes (:

6:51PM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Thanks for the article

2:16PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

who needs more reasons! they are delicious

10:38PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

And delicious.

10:37PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

And delicious.

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