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Here are three great reasons to eat more tomatoes:
1. Tomatoes are heart smart
People who consume more tomatoes â€¨or tomato-based products, such â€¨as tomato sauce, have lower cholesterol and triglyceride â€¨levels. Controlling these levels â€¨is one good way to reduce heart disease risk.
2. Tomatoes are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants
Whether they're heirloom, cluster or field â€¨varieties, tomatoes contain potent antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamin C. Regularly consuming tomatoes and tomato products reduces your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
3. They are great raw or cooked
You may enjoy sliced tomatoes â€¨on sandwiches or grape tomatoes in salads, but make sure to cook some too. Tomatoes that are combined with heat and oil provide the greatest amount of disease-busting lycopene, so a robust tomato sauce prepared â€¨with olive oil is a healthful option.
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|This story was originally titled "Why We Love Tomatoes" in the August 2012 issue. |
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