Fit Food: The Benefits of Tomatoes

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Fit Food: The Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a deliciously healthy food that can reduce inflammation and maybe even your risk of stroke. So what are you waiting for?

Picked fresh from the garden, tomatoes are bursting with flavor and delicious enough to eat like an apple. And you know how that whole "an apple a day" saying goes, right? Well, a tomato a day might be worth your while too, and here's why: 

  • One medium tomato provides you with more than a quarter of your vitamin C for a day, and it's also rich in vitamin E and beta-carotene.
  • Tomatoes are an excellent natural source of potassium, with 556 milligrams in just one cup of tomato juice, which makes them a tasty way to replenish your electrolytes after a long run or ride.
  • Tomatoes are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and might decrease your risk of stroke.
  • Eating tomatoes can also lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, according to a 2011 study

So don't sleep on tomatoes any longer—here are five ways to work these antioxidant powerhouses into your diet.

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