This week there is some great news for those of us who love tomatoes and tomato products! Ohio State University just published a three year study that suggests tomato consumption cuts down our risk of skin cancer.
This is really good news for super fair skinned people like me who like to eat pizza outside in a lawn chair.
It seems that the same compounds that give tomatoes their lovely red color might also protect our skin from damaging (but oh so warm and wonderful) rays from the sun. Previous studies have showed similar results where Lycopene, an antioxidant that tomatoes are full of, actually prevented some redness from sun burn. Isn’t it interesting that this vegetable (yes, I know it’s a fruit smartypants- I really just like to call it a vegetable) with such a nice red color helps to keep you from getting red?
Full disclosure about the new study- it was done with mice and it seemed to work on the male mice and not the female mice. That doesn’t bother me though, I am confident that those female mice were probably sneaking in some extra time in the tanning bed.
What we do know is that more and more evidence leads to the belief that the lovely red and juicy tomato is one of the healthiest things you can eat.
And since its the middle of July and my skin is exposed to some serious rays almost every day, I had better eat lots of tomatoes.
Good thing Garlic Jim’s is promoting its Queen Margherita pizza this month! Olive oil and garlic infused crust, basil, roasted garlic, smooth 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese and of course those fresh and tasty chopped tomatoes.
Being healthy is so delicious!
Ciao for now