Prevent Cancer and Protect Your Heart with Tomatoes

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Salads, Recipes
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? They’re also a health-boosting powerhouse.

Tomatoes contain the potent antioxidant lycopene that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals. Studies have shown eating foods rich in lycopene protects against lung, breast, and prostate cancers.

Eating tomatoes also helps to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure—both of which can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes. That’s because they contain B vitamins and potassium. Lastly, tomatoes contain chromium which helps to lower your blood sugar and vitamin A which protects your vision. One delicious, easy way to eat tomatoes is in salad caprese.

Simple Salad Caprese

Serves 2

2 large tomatoes cut into 10 slices

10 large fresh basil leaves

2 ounces light mozzarella cheese cut into 10 small pieces

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Dash freshly ground black pepper

Layer the tomato slices, basil leaves, and mozzarella pieces on two plates. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil evenly over the two salads. Add a dash of freshly ground pepper to taste.

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories: 127; Fat: 8 grams; Cholesterol: 15 mg; Sodium: 161 mg; Carbs: 7 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Protein: 9 grams

Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to eat tomatoes?

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