The epitome of summer, tomatoes are a treasure trove of nutrients. Excellent sources of Vitamin C, and beta-carotene, as well as manganese and lycopene, tomatoes are also rich sources of phytonutrients, from flavanols to carotenoids. They contribute to both heart and bone health and even contain cancer-fighting compounds. These summer fruits provide us with powerful nutrition to create wellness.
With one drawback…tomatoes (like other fruits from the nightshade family) contain an acid called ‘solanine’ which can aggravate symptoms of inflammation in the body, particularly arthritis. But don‘t panic. No need to throw the baby out with the bath water. You can neutralize the effects of this acid. Simply blanche and peel; oven roast; marinate or cook into sauce and you can enjoy the benefits of tomatoes without consequence to your joints.
Cherry tomatoes are the exception to the rule. With a low acidic content, you can simply use them as they are. But go for organic with them as they have made it onto The Dirty Dozen list of foods with heavy pesticide residue.