Growing Tomatoes Tips with Organic Soil in Vegetable Garden How-To Grow Tomatoes. Tomatoes grown organically are more nutritious for you to eat. Listen in on how we grow the Tomato in our Vegetable Garden.
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Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, contain a number of valuable nutrients, and according to recent research, organically-grown tomatoes are even more nutritious than their conventionally-grown counterparts.
One of the most well-known nutrients in tomatoes is lycopene — the compound that gives tomato its deep red color.
Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that has been shown to have potent anti-cancerous activity. This compound is not naturally produced in your body, so it must be supplied via your diet.
Other fruits and vegetables also contain lycopene, but none has the high concentration of lycopene that the tomato boasts.
Interestingly, when cooked, the bioavailability of lycopene increases rather than decreases, as is the case with many other raw foods, as heat has a tendency to destroy valuable nutrients.
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By Song River- CowGirlZen Photography on 2011-10-05 18:07:39