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Quick and Easy Cherry Tomatoes Lower Risk For Cancer and Heart Disease

Updated on June 13, 2014

Cherry Tomatoes On The Vine

Cherry Tomatoes lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.
Cherry Tomatoes lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Cherry Tomatoes Help Protect Against Cancer and Heart Disease

Summer offers up some of the best foods for a healthy diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance and the prices are usually at the low end with so much competition for the market. A great source of vitamins and minerals come in the form of Cherry Tomatoes. They are quick and easy to add to almost any menu served alone or made in to a salad. The health benefits of Cherry Tomatoes are extra ordinary. This makes the Cherry Tomato one of the top ten foods for healthy eating.

Much research is being done or has been done on the positive affects from eating tomatoes to help combat the risk of prostrate, lung and colon cancers. Findings have been very positive. The antioxidants in Cherry Tomatoes are a great boost to body health. Heart disease and cholesterol levels seem to also be in the midst of positive benefits from tomato consumption. It is no wonder when you take a look at all the vitamins and minerals found in this fruit.

A Rich Source Of Vitamins and Minerals

Cherry Tomatoes are packed full of good things like vitamins A, C, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6 and Folate. They are low in calories making them a perfect diet food. Rich in minerals, Cherry Tomatoes have Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Maganese and Selenium. The Cherry Tomato is an awesome little fruit and so tasty they will make your mouth water for more. The facts are there and the Cherry Tomato is a big plus on any healthy food menu.

Lycopene Makes The Cherry Color

The red color of tomatoes is produced by Lycopene which is one thing that adds to the benefits of eating Cherry Tomatoes. Studies have shown that Lycopene protects the heart, lowers blood pressure, protects bones and is beneficial for the body in general. The color alone will make the table setting more inviting.

Cherry Tomatoes Are Quick, Easy and Healthy

Knowing how healthy these colorful little tomatoes are is only part of the benefits reaped from serving them. They are so quick and easy. They can be served fresh as they come. Just rinse them off real good and they are great for snacking. Leave a bowl on the table or counter and they seem to disappear before you know it.

They can dress up an average pasta saladtoo. Slice them in half and fold them in to your favorite pasta dish for a refreshing change of pace and taste. This adds plenty of color and flavor to the table.

Serve as a salad marinated in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil for a special dish to accompany almost any main meal. Add a little onion, fresh green peppers or garlic to taste. Cherry Tomatoes are good with sliced cucumbers and Italian dressing as a marinade.

Be creative. They make a wonderful addition to tuna salad and knowing the healthy benefits derived from eating Cherry Tomatoes you are sure to feel great when including them in your diet.


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      Renee S 6 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting article. I love all kinds of tomatoes but I just can't grow them.

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      rwelton 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Great article and links. Am 1.5 year in cancer treatment recovery and am always looking forward to building additional items in my daily formula to create an advantage.

      Planted two Cherry tomatoes and two Early Boy plants yesterday.



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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Haha, oops, gee wiz, I'm there! LOL

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      C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thanks for the follow Ben. Now I wish you might go back to Jerilee Wei's article about Native American Gardening and correct that you gave me credit for it's greatness. Jerilee is awesome. Earth to Ben!

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Yum C.S., is there anything better than fresh cherry tomatoes? Not much. I enjoyed your thorough explanation of the health benefits, I never knew that Lycopene was responsible for the color either! Neat!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I just picked almost a bushel of the little jewels. They're calling for a heavy frost tonight in my neck of the woods. I have some freezing and pickling to do. These cherry tomatoes are my favorite in pasta dishes too.

      Great hub

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      awsydney 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is great news CS. I love popping cherry tomatoes into my mouth, I can eat a ton of those things, so sweet and succulent. More incentive for me to do it now! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thanks for visiting SweetiePie and Sandyspider. Tiny tomatoes are the tops!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I love cherry tomatoes. Nice hub.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I absolutely love cherry tomatoes, and for health and economic reasons it is good to plant our own.

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      2uesday 8 years ago

      My first year of growing cherry tomatoes and I have been lucky enough to have a bumper crop, they are so tasty and it is good to know how healthy they are.

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      alekhouse....thanks for stopping in.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      My thoughts completely:...."my favorite maters...." by RMNSN.

      Good info...Thanks

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      RNMSN...They are my favorite also, I always eat a handful or three while I am picking. Sometimes they burst in my fingertips as I gather them up. Those are my reward for growing them.

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      my favorite 'maters :) especially right off the vine, warm from the sun and all that lovely juice bursting in my mouth! good article CS!

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      Happy to have you comment msorensson, thanks for reading my hub.

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      In fact one of my colleagues did a study on this at the University of Hawaii. Yes, the precursor for Vitamin A, in the process of being transformed to Vitamin A, present in live plants does inhibit tumor growth.

      Great hub.