When I was teaching, it seemed I was always sick. I was surrounded by preschoolers that did not always cover their mouths when they coughed or sneezed. I then, was coughing as well. Not fun. But interestingly, my hubby never caught these virus' and bugs, even though we always kissed "hello" and "goodbye."
Curiously, I teased him about him never getting sick. I have known Michael for 5 years and have never seen him ill, not even once. He claimed that it was because of all the ketchup he consumed. (He likes ketchup on just about anything, even tacos!) I thought he was just being silly, but sure enough once I googled it, he was right!
There is something called lycopene's in tomatoes, that act as an antioxidant. Eaters of tomatoes, especially cooked ones, have been said to have lower rates of certain cancers and even heart disease.
I found this after googling this subject:
To beat back a cold, you slurp chicken noodle soup. To avoid getting sick in the first place, ladle out some tomato. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 10 subjects ate a tomato-rich diet for 3 weeks, followed by a tomato-free diet for 3 more weeks. While subjects were on the tomato diet, their infection-fighting white blood cells sustained 38 percent less damage from free radicals â€” atoms in the body that damage and destabilize cells â€” than when they ate no tomato products. Researchers speculate that the lycopene in tomatoes acts as an antioxidant, helping white blood cells resist the damaging effects of free radicals.
So as an experiment, whenever I would feel something coming on, we would cook up a big batch of spaghetti. Sure enough, I felt better the next day. We usually have some sort of tomato product every day and I haven't been sick in at least two years. Besides spaghetti, here are some other ideas for eating tomatoes...
Tortilla pizza with Roma Tomatoes and Fresh Basil
from our garden.
from our garden.
Get those tomatoes in!