Eating Healthy: Tomatoes and Broccoli

Broccoli TomatoesWhen 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush – vetoed broccoli from Air Force One and White House, and allegedly replaced Reagan’s jelly beans with pork rinds – I went on uncontrollable veggie shopping spree.

At that time, besieged by such news, I was gobbling up my steamed broccoli, shrimp salad, while “melting” TV remote in anticipation of imminent USDA ruling to replace MyPyramid.gov with MyJunkFoodPyramid.gov.

Okay, maybe I overreacted a little. But I also discovered that in history, just like broccoli these days, there was a time when tomatoes were misunderstood as well. During late Middle Ages, many European feared them, mistakenly thinking that they are poisonous.

By now, one would think, that any self-respecting vegetable would have given up on us. Thankfully, they are still here fighting for our health. Individually broccoli and tomatoes offer a range of health benefits.

However, did you know that eating them together could significantly slow down prostate cancer and reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol? In addition, they are a good source of fiber and low in carbohydrates.

Tomatoes contain lycopene. This potent antioxidant has been studied extensively in the recent years. It could help prevent heart disease, various forms of cancer, and elevated blood pressure.

So what are you waiting for? Steam some broccoli, add tomatoes, drizzle with healthy oil, add some protein, and enjoy the health benefits of this duo.

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