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Fruit spotlight: (canned + fresh) tomatoes

All about tomatoes: recipes + nutrition facts

By this time of year, our CSA share is wrapping up for the season and we’re starting to rely more on canned foods and what we’ve preserved in our freezer. Tomatoes – canned especially – are a big part of our diet in the cold months, and for good reason. They contain one of the best sources of antioxidant lycopene available, which can possibly help “prevent prostate, lung, and stomach cancers.” Runners might also like to know that eating lycopene-rich foods can act like an edible SPF, protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin K, which is responsible for helping to keep bones strong. They’re also teeming with vitamins A and C. What’s not to love? Now, if you’re concerned about exposure to BPA, consider brands like Pomi that come in BPA-free packaging. Even better, try those that come in glass jars (or can your own in the summer months!). Last, choose no salt added varieties to avoid preservatives that might negate any health

Check out these 20 amazing tomato recipes:

What’s your favorite way to eat tomatoes?

Written by Ashley Marcin.

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