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Tomato, Say It Isn't So!

by Ashley Terrell about a month ago in organic

For the love foods that are red...

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I believe vegetables have a bad reputation when we're introduced to them at the dinner table. When we're younger, we grimace our faces and protest eating them. As kids, we believe vegetables are gross, disgusting, unnecessary - you name it!

During my childhood, my parents didn't have to force my brother or me to eat our vegetables. We always devoured the vegetables before the starch and protein. My brother and I weren't phased by the phrase,"You can have dessert after you eat your vegetables". Being my brother and I were both athletes, vegetables were always our source of replenishing our energy and iron levels after practice.

When my mother cooked meals with vegetables, she focused on meals being colorful as well as tasty. The vivid and bright colors of her homestyle cooking teased my eyes while my growling appetite urged me to sit down to enjoy. Her method of adding vegetables allowed me to discover different vegetables and their flavors.

Growing up, I loved vegetables. I loved the taste of bright-colored vegetables like purple, green, yellow, white, and red vegetables too!

One of my favorite red vegetables is tomatoes! I love using fresh tomatoes in my various salads, pasta, and pizza sauces, on burgers and sandwiches, the list goes on and on! Whether you're a lover of roasted, baked, or fresh diced tomatoes, the tasty vegetables will elevate the flavor of your food dishes!

Tomatoes originated from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.

Tomatoes are the fourth most popular fresh-market vegetable alongside potatoes, lettuce, and onions. The tasty vegetable is the second most consumed vegetable in the United States.

The juicy vegetable is edible and flavorful in colors of bright yellow, orange, green, and purple.

I remember my father spending time with me in the country, picking tomatoes. He always fascinated me how he picked and washed tomatoes prior to enjoying the bright red vegetable with a sprinkle of salt.

The bright superfood has been part of many memories in my life. Tomatoes have a great influence on my health.

Here are a few ways tomatoes can help you live your best life!

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants.

Tomatoes are known as a major source of antioxidants, lutein, and lycopene. Lycopene is a polyphenol that prevents prostate cancer. Lycopene found in tomatoes can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Canned tomatoes have triple the amount of lycopene, which can protect and reduce the risks of atherosclerosis.

Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants like beta carotene, naringenin, and chlorogenic acid.

The red tasty vegetable is great for vitamin C, potassium, folate, and Vitamin K.

Tomatoes reduce the risk of cancers.

It was astonishing the various trials and studies conducted on tomatoes and nutrition.

Growing up, my mom and brother suffered from acid reflux disease, also known as heartburn. Consequently, the acidity didn't allow my family to enjoy the low-calorie superfood how my father and I did.

As I continued to research tomatoes, I discovered tomatoes also had long-term benefits combating and lowering the risks of cancers.

According to Healthline, Studies linked to tomatoes show a reduction of risks regarding prostate, lung, and stomach cancer.

Another study with women participants showed consuming tomatoes can protect against breast cancer.

According to Livescience, studies show consuming tomatoes may help one's suffering from asthma.

Tomatoes promote bathroom regularity.

Experiencing difficulty in the bathroom? Add tomatoes to your favorite food dishes to promote regular bathroom visits.

Tomatoes are considered a laxative fruit to aid with hydration and aids healthy bowel movements.

What do you cook with tomatoes? Are you a foodie fan of canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes?

What are your thoughts on organic tomatoes?

Tip and begin the conversation below!

Ashley Terrell
Ashley Terrell
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Ashley Terrell

Bestselling author. Entrepreneur. Seasonings and spices saved my life. Where sheep and angels share the same color. Newport News, VA. Conqueror and lover of all things Fine Arts.

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