With summer just underway, tomato season will soon be in full flourish! Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, like lycopene, that are essential for bone health. Women especially need tomatoes and other lycopene-rich foods to decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
Tomatoes are also important for lowering cholesterol and general heart health. Tomato extracts in particular help lower the risk of heart problems later in life.
Tomatoes are full of vitamins like vitamin C, biotin, vitamin E and potassium. Vitamin C and E are especially important for decreasing the risk of heart disease.
Additionally, research has shown that tomatoes are beneficial in decreasing risk of cancer. Prostate cancer, some forms of lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer all have research indicating that the tomato and its antioxidants is helpful in preventing those cancers.
Contrary to popular belief, the most antioxidant-rich tomatoes are not always the reddest. Choose tomatoes that are rich in any color, like vibrant oranges, yellows, and purples as well as reds. A ripe tomato has a strong, sweet fragrance and is slightly soft.