When I was growing up I have a very clear picture of me hovering around my mum in the kitchen while she sliced fresh tomatoes. She handed me a slice and I excitedly bit into it (I read too much about eating fresh tomatoes) only to spit it out and make a face.
It was sour!! 🙁
I’ve since gotten over it and now tomatoes are some of my favourite vegetables whether cooked or raw. Is it any wonder I love cooking and eating Italian food? 🙂 I particularly like plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes – they are tart yet sweet and absolutely delicious in salads.
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants
I’m glad I love tomatoes because they are rich in antioxidants! Tomatoes contain lycopene which comes under the antioxidant carotenoids, and beta carotene. Its what gives tomatoes that lovely red colour and spagetti sauce the rich red that you pour over pasta. Carotenoids are said to have good health benefits such as reducing the risks of cancer, cardiovascular or heart disease, cataracts and muscular degeneration.