Health Benefits of Tomatoes
The tomato is one of the most prominent ingredients in Italian food, and is known for its versatility and bold flavor. Recently, the tomato has been gaining attention for its health benefits, which includes its excellent source of vitamins A and C. Tomatoes also serve as a good source of fiber, vitamin K, riboflavin, and potassium.
Proper storage ensures flavor
Like most fruits and vegetables, tomatoes are most flavorful when eaten soon after picking or plucking. If tomatoes are already perfectly ripe, they will taste best if eaten sooner, rather than later. One of the most common mistakes is to store a tomato in the refrigerator to help it last longer. The cold temperature of the refrigerator may preserve the tomato, but it actually takes away the flavor and creates a gritty and mealy texture.
Leaving tomatoes on the counter at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, is the best means of storage because it allows the vegetable (or fruit, technically speaking) to continue developing flavor.
Other health benefits of tomatoes:
Tomatoes contain vitamin A, improving vision and preventing night blindness;
Tomatoes make skin more defensive against UV light, ultimately preventing fine lines and wrinkles;
Tomatoes contain vitamin K and calcium, which work to strengthen and repair bones;
Tomatoes naturally fight cancer because they contain antioxidants that protect against free radicals causing cell damage;
Tomatoes help to balance blood sugar due to the high amounts of chromium.
Next time you feel guilty about eating a slice of pizza or a plateful of lasagna, don’t. Tomatoes provide extensive health benefits and play a key role in one’s diet. If you’re looking to incorporate some tomatoes into your diet or just craving tasty Italian food, stop by Fazio’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
for our fresh sauce, which is made daily with our delicious California ground peeled tomatoes.