July 28, 2011Mid-summer marks the beginning of the vine-ripened tomato harvest. Tomatoes are a year-round addition to menus, thanks to shipping from different locations around the world, but for true tomato-lovers, there's nothing like a fresh, just-picked tomato from a local farm or garden. The good news is that in addition to being a culinary delight, tomatoes help fight disease. Their bright red color indicates that they are a rich source of lycopene, one of the most powerful antioxidents available through nutritional sources. In fact, tomatoes are so popular that Americans gain 25% of their lycopene intake from them! Researchers have found that high lycopene consumption almost always indicates tomato consumption in the American diet. No wonder there has been an amazing amount of research on tomatoes and our diets. Just a sampling:
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