Tee Up the Tomato!
Keepin’ the ‘ol ticker in excellent working order needs to be a priority for all of us these days. According to the AHA (American Heart Association) “cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 woman’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.” WOW! Heart disease is also the number cause of death in the United States. Again…wow! And yet we take better care of our cars and trucks than we do our own bodies! When your battery in your car goes out, you can go to practically any corner store and buy a new one, replace the old one and get on down the road! But when OUR battery goes out, we’re put on a waiting list with prayers that a new one will be made available in time. This is crazy! God blessed us with amazing machines! Our bodies are incredible and made to endure. But we tend to do all we can to destroy them. How we fuel our bodies can make a huge difference in our overall health.
The AHA also says, “80% of heart disease and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education.” How incredibly simple! Eating the wonderful foods that were created for us to stay healthy and maintain a long life are right in front us, ready to consume on a moments notice. One particular food will help in your cause to keep your heart healthy…the tomato. When you slice a tomato in half, you will see that it has four chambers like our hearts. I’m thinking God is showing us what to eat for certain parts of our body! The tomato is also full of lycopene, an important antioxidant that aids in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. Since our bodies can not create lycopene, it is necessary to have foods rich in this powerful antioxidant in your diet. Not only can lycopene protect your body from damage caused by disease, it can also repair the body. Loaded with an impressive amount of nutrients and vitamins, tomatoes should be a staple in your everyday meal plan.Tomatoes health benefits also increase when you add heat to them. So creating a healthy tomato sauce is a great way to load up on vitamins A, C, K, and B6. Much needed folate and potassium can also be found in this sweet treat no matter the type of tomato you crave.
So whether you stuff, drink, slice, dice or sauté, tomatoes are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
Until next time~Enjoy!