In the 17th and early 18th centuries, colonial Americans thought tomatoes were poisonous. But they're not poisonous at all -- in fact, tomatoes are good for you. Tomatoes contain lots of vitamins and minerals plus they are an excellent source of lycopene and beta carotene, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tomatoes are also low in calories, so you can include them in your weight loss diet, and they contain fiber, which is good for your digestive system.
Or try one of these recipes:
- Fresh Salsa
- Heirloom Tomato Salad
- Quick Broiled Tomatoes With Parmesan Cheese
- Gazpacho With Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Peppers
- Whole Baked Tomatoes
Sari Voutilainen, Tarja Nurmi, Jaakko Mursu and Tiina H Rissanen, "Carotenoids and cardiovascular health." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 83, No. 6, 1265-1271, June 2006.