Ever wonder how a tomato gets from the field to your plate? The process starts when the fields are about 90% ripe and the harvester gathers the tomatoes from their rows. A chain inside the harvester separates the fruit from the vine as the crop is collected. Then the fruit is sorted both electronically and by hand, and hauled by truck or wagon to the processing plant. From there, the tomatoes are flushed from the truck into a water flume, which carries the fruit into the plant for processing. It’s at the plant that the tomatoes become products like paste and ketchup.
If you aren’t including tomatoes in your diet, you might want to rethink your meal plan. Countless studies have shown that these small fruits pack a healthy punch!
For example, lycopene is a helpful antioxidant that has been known to reduce the risk of several types of cancers like prostate, pancreatic and cervical. It can also help reduce circulatory problems that affect the brain and the heart. So, where does it come from? Tomatoes are one of the only dietary sources containing lycopene!
Aspirin is used to prevent blood clots in the blood stream, but did you know that eating tomatoes can have the same effect? This powerful fruit is also great source for Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, betacarotine, potassium, folic acid, iron and fibre. When you add it all up, it only makes sense to include this super food in you and your family’s diet!