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We have been featuring tomatoes this month in our cafés on Wellness Wednesdays, especially in our Vegetable Pita Wrap with Tomato Chutney recipe. But there are so many ways our patients and guests can enjoy this superfood, which contains several vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, the antioxidant phytochemical that helps prevent heart disease. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A, C, and E. Because of their high content of carotenoid and lycopene, tomatoes also help the body fight cancer, just as their potassium content helps maintain blood pressure.
Fresh tomatoes taste delicious when eaten raw on top of salads or in the sandwiches. Tomatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place and in a single layer rather than being placed with others in a plastic bag to avoid becoming mushy. Tomatoes are best kept at the room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Tomatoes that are not ripe can be kept in a paper bag until ripening.
To Prepare Chutney
One medium sized tomato (123 grams) contains only 22 calories.
One-half cup of chopped or sliced tomatoes contains the following:
Other ways to enjoy tomatoes are:
I personally love the versatility of tomatoes and hope you do too. Give this easy and healthy recipe a try!
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