Tomatoes Add Great Taste And Nutrition to Vegetarian Diet

18 July, 2008 (10:46)


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RECIPES: Tex-Mex Crockpot Arroz Con Queso, Amazing 30 Minute Vegetarian Pizza, Grilled Antipasto Salad.

By Rae Udy

Tomatoes have finally been cleared of salmonella and are in stores, markets and restaurants for delicious eating.
Tomatoes are nutritional powerhouses containing only 35 fat-free calories per cup of cherry tomatoes. A medium tomato provides one gram of protein, calcium, thiamine, niacin and an outstanding 53 percent of daily value for vitamin C.
( http://www.calorie-count.com/calories/item/11883.html )
Tomatoes are also an excellent source of lycopene, which is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and has been linked to the prevention of many types of cancer. Lycopene is an antioxidant which fights free radicals that can interfere with normal cell growth and activity. These free radicals are what can potentially lead to cancer, heart disease and premature aging.
The best sources of lycopene are found in processed tomato products, such as ketchup and tomato products.
Never refrigerate an unripe tomato, cold temperatures destroy flavor and will stop the ripening process. Once fully ripened a tomato can be chilled, but only for a few days to prevent loss of flavor.
To hasten ripening you can place the tomatoes in a brown bag until they give slightly when squeezed. Also storing tomatoes next to bananas will make them both ripen quicker.
Buy locally grown or organic tomatoes at the Farmers Market or at area health food stores to try Tex-Mex Crockpot Arroz Con Queso or go Italian with Amazing 30 Minute Vegetarian Pizza and Grilled Antipasto Salad.
www.tomato.org

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