Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tomatoes Gain Ground as Health Food

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tomatoes Gain Ground as Health Food

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IT USED TO BE that tomatoes were praised only for their high vitamin C content. They are now also prized for their lycopene value.

A powerful antioxidant, lycopene emerged a star after a Journal of the National Cancer Institute report in 1995 stated that tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato juice "were significantly associated with lower prostate-cancer risk" for men.

The report was so remarkable that women might also consider eating more tomatoes for their lycopene because it may decrease the risk of some cancers in women as well. Tomatoes also supply about half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and about 20 percent for beta carotene, as well as being a good source of potassium and fiber. Interestingly, cooked tomatoes may have more lycopene activity than uncooked ones, the study noted. PEPPERED SALMON FILLWITH MINTED TOMATO SALSA 4 cups chopped tomato 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper 1 tablespoon lemon juice 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1-1/2 inches thick) Nonstick cooking spray 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard, divided 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper Fresh mint leaves, for optional garnish To prepare salsa: Combine tomato, onion, chopped mint, basil, jalapeno and lemon juice in a bowl. …

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