Tomatoes: The Debate

Our relationship with tomatoes is a complicated one – many love them as salsas, ketchup, and sauces, but can’t stomach them as a whole food. Tom Brady (in)famously swears off all tomatoes and other nightshades, citing a lack of anti-inflammatory properties in the food, and the rest of us are too busy arguing between fruit or vegetable to appreciate the goodness of these superfoods.

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As August winds to a close, the tomatoes in your garden should be ripe for the picking, and while they might not serve as the greatest anti-inflammatory in the world, tomatoes are bursting with lycopene, an antioxidant that supports prostate health, can help prevent certain cancers, and gives the tomatoes their red color. Interestingly, it is best absorbed cooked, as opposed to raw. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamins A and C, and as a low calorie food overall, earn the official title of “nutrient dense.” All of this is to say – while you might not think they taste great, tomatoes are great for you.

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