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Rumor: Tomatoes are Bad for Your Health

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Updated May 19, 2014

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 carotenewhich 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. 

Serving Tomatoes

Add slices of fresh tomatoes to sandwiches and salads, or serve them as a salad with basil, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil.

Or try one of these recipes:

Source:

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.

 

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