Normally we associate the color red with stop or be aware and it has come to alert us of a possible danger. However, in the case of fruits and vegetables the color red is a good thing. And, this is certainly true for this week's spotlighted food - the tomato.
Although considered and called a vegetable by most, the tomato is actually a fruit that originated in Central America. Spanish explorers would end up introducing the tomato to North America and many other places.
We enjoy tomatoes on our sandwiches or burgers, in our salads, chop them up for tacos, and have them in our soups and stews. Most certainly the tomato has become a favorite food among the masses.
Nutritionally the tomato is high in Vitamins A and C, low in calories and fat, and has zero cholesterol levels. What should be noted about tomatoes is they carry Lycopene. Lycopene, along with carotenoids, may help protect cells and other structures in the human body from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Lycopene can also protect skin from UV rays and therefore offer some measure of defense against skin cancer.
On the vine tomatoes will be one of our feature items this week and will be prices at a savings so be sure and take advantage of this healthy food.