FOOD STUFF FUN FACTS


Tomatoes


  1. Eating tomatoes more than two times a week can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 21 to 43 percent


  1. Cooking tomatoes in oil encourages intestinal absorption and results in a two-to-threefold rise in plasma lycopene concentrations. Tomato sauce is one of the best lycopene sources


  1. Tomato products are beneficial in aggressive cancers that have also spread to other parts of the body.


  1. Lycopene is a powerful inhibitor of the growth of breast and lung cancer cells.


  1. Tomatoes are good for the eyes. Lycopene, the most abundant carotenoid in the blood serum, was found to be the key antioxidant that guards against ARMD ( Age-Related Macular Degeneration), a condition that may cause blindness.


  1. Tomatoes are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and PotassiumLycopene is an inhibitor to heart disease.


  1. Tomatoes have been found to function as internal Sunscreen, blocking UV rays and protecting skin health.

  2. Foods rich in cooked tomatoes may boost your body's ability to ward off skin damage from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays and stave off the effects of aging.


  1. The scientists believe that lycopene neutralizes free radicals that are formed when UV radiation strikes the skin. These free radicals have been linked to cancer and the effects of aging.


  1. The tomato is the world's most popular fruit. And yes, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable. But in 1893 the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes were to be considered vegetables for trade purposes. More than 60 million tons of tomatoes are produced per year, 16 million tons more than the second most popular fruit, the banana. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).


  1. Tomatoes were first cultivated in 700 AD by Aztecs and Incas. Explorers returning from Mexico introduced the tomato into Europe, where it was first mentioned in 1556. Some tomato advocates claimed the fruit had aphrodisiac powers and, in fact, French called it "the apple of love," the Germans "the apple of paradise."


  1. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and fiber, and are cholesterol free. An average size tomato (148 gram, or 5 oz) boasts only 35 calories.


  1. Don't store ripe tomatoes in the fridge. Cold temperatures lessen the flavor in tomatoes. Also, if stored stem down, they will last longer.


  1. The tomato is the fruit of a vine native to South America. By the time European explorers arrived in the New World, the tomato had made its way up into Central America and Mexico. In 1519, Cortez discovered tomatoes growing in Montezuma's gardens and brought seeds back to Europe where they were planted as ornamental curiosities, but not eaten. Like other members of the nightshade family, they were thought to be poisonous.


  1. The English word tomato comes from the Spanish tomatl, first appearing in print in 1595.


  1. Tomatoes made their way to North America with the colonists who first settled in Virginia, yet did not readily gain popularity until the late 19th century.


  1. In 1897, soup mogul Joseph Campbell came out with condensed tomato soup, a move that set the company on the road to wealth as well as further endearing the tomato to the general public.


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