|What’s so great about Tomatoes?
Tomatoes are rich in antixodants including Vitamins C, A and K. Another beneficial antioxidant in tomatoes is lycopene which has been linked to bone health.
Tomatoes are also good for heart health. Eating fresh tomatoes have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
What’s not to like about Tomatoes?
Tomatoes are considered a Nightshade vegetable (along with potatoes, Bell Peppers, Cayenne pepper, Chili pepper, Eggplant). Nightshade vegetables contain alkaloids which can create inflammation particularly in the joints for some people. If you have arthritis, it is a good idea to be especially cautious about including Nightshade vegetables in your diet.
How to find out if you’re sensitive to Nightshades?
Stop eating them for 2-3 weeks, then re-introduce them (one at a time) and be aware of any reactions. What to do if you’re sensitive to tomatoes and can’t stand the thought of never eating another tomato? A good compromise is only eating them when they are in season locally – at their peak of deliciousness!