Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's a Miracle Food, I Tell Ya

A Ramapo from Rutgers University
Fellow MG Sylvia Kremp sent me this article in the current issue of the AARP magazine extolling the health benefits of tomatoes.  Not only lycopene,
...a powerful antioxidant that works by neutralizing free radicals (errant oxygen molecules that cause cellular damage in the body). Research has shown that eating foods high in lycopene protects against a wide range of cancers, from prostate cancer to lung and breast cancers.
But also,
... 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid, which researchers at Kyoto University in Japan recently found lowers cholesterol and fat in the bloodstream. (Left unchecked, these lipids can lead to such diseases as arteriosclerosis and even type 2 diabetes.)

Been harvesting Bush Early Girls (plants started by fellow MG, Mary Crooks - thanks!) for a week or so now, plus some Stupices and Bloody Butchers, as well as Sun Gold Cherry tomatoes.  Yum. 

The article notes that three or more servings a week [how 'bout a day?] of tomatoes are optimal.  Ketchup, Pasta and Pizza sauce count, too. 

Several recipes at the link. 


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