Tomatoes are the very basis of our existence here at Dogtown Pizza. From our special tomato sauce that we ladle on each pizza crust to the freshly cut tomatoes we heap onto the Tomato Basil Garlic Pizza, life wouldn’t be the same without tomatoes. It’s amazing to think that until the mid-19th Century, tomatoes were considered toxic! Today, tomatoes are not only considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, they are also a superfood that you should definitely be eating more of. Here’s why:
#1. They’re Packed with Nutrients
Tomatoes are seriously packed with nutrients. If you’re looking to get a boost of vitamins A, C, K, and B6, look no further than a juicy tomato. Other nutrients include:
There’s a reason why nutritionists LOVE the tomato: if you want to get a natural source of nutrient-dense flavor, look no further than the tomato.
#2. They’ve Believed to Combat Cancer
Researchers have been studying the effects of tomato-rich diets for some time now, and many studies point to how the tomato’s free-radical fighting properties can help combat and reduce the risk for many types of cancers, including prostate, colorectal and breast cancers. Researchers believe that the antioxidant lycopene is responsible for helping reduce cancer. Research is still ongoing, and scientists recommend indulging in more plant life in general to protect your body from cancer, but adding an extra tomato here and there is a great way to protect your body from cancer!
#3. They Can Reduce Heart Disease
Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans each year. Fortunately, tomatoes have been shown to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure AND cholesterol—all contributors to heart disease and stroke. So if you want to help your heart and reduce your risk for stroke, eat more tomatoes!
How to Incorporate More Tomatoes into Your Diet
So what’s the best way to reap the benefits of the this superfood? Nutritionists suggest eating 5-10 servings of tomatoes a week. Here are a couple of ways to do that:
Try different kinds. The beauty of the tomato is that there’s more than one kind and they are all packed with nutrients. Orange, red, green, cherry, beefsteak, sundried—they’re all great options for filling your tomato quotient.
Cook more tomato-based dishes. The best way to get optimal lycopene is to heat it up—that is, to cook your tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes in things like pico de gallo, bruschetta, and cherry tomatoes with hummus are also delicious ways to eat more tomatoes.
Drink organic tomato juice. Again, lycopene is the most beneficial when it’s been heated, which can be done with pasteurization. Organic tomato juice ensures that no bisphenol A, a chemical released from tin cans that is activated by tomato acidity, seeps into your beverage.
And, of course, the all-natural Tomato Basil Garlic Pizza (or TBG, as we call it), is another way to enjoy pizza AND fight cancer at the same time!
We can’t imagine a world without tomatoes—now we have even more reason to eat them ALL the time. What is your favorite way to eat them? Tell us in the comments below!