Tomatoes are a funny fruit, or is it vegetable? Do we really know? Well, yes, sort of, maybe. According to botanical classification the tomato is placed in the fruit family, whereas the Department of Agriculture lists it as a vegetable, and most recipes utilize it in that way as well. More of the savory side of things.
The tomato belongs to the nightshade family along with potatoes, peppers, okra, and eggplant, or spices like paprika and cayenne, which means that some people can have adverse reactions to this frugetable or vegetuit. Nightshades can cause inflammation or digestive issues in some people due to a chemical constituent called alkaloids. If you have irritable bowels, arthritis, joint pain or swelling, autoimmunity, heartburn, acid reflux, or itching you may want to consider that it is being triggered by your food.
Tomatoes provide a good source of Vitamin A, C, K, Folate, and minerals such as chromium and potassium, as well as antioxidents. You may have heard of lycopene and it’s notoriety for assisting in protecting your body from pesticides as well as it’s protective benefits over certain cancer.
Overall, tomatoes make a good addition to your diet if you are looking for ways to combat cancer, reduce your risk of heart disease, protect against blood clots, and improve your vision.
Of course, they are extremely easy to eat. If you’ve never had a chance to pick them off the vine and eat them right out of the garden I suggest you put that on your bucket list. No tomato in the grocery store will ever taste as magnificent as right off the vine. Eat them raw, roast them with veggies, slice them for sandwiches, or put them in salad, they make a great snack or addition to a meal.