Tomatoes are the most popular fruit in the world. Americans eat about 23 pounds of tomatoes annually, and more than half of that in the form of ketchup or tomato sauce. On this episode of Superfoods, we’re going to show you healthy and delicious ways to get more tomatoes into your diet.

Tomatoes have high levels of lycopene, a powerful source of antioxidants that’s been proven to help prevent heart attacks. They also are good sources of vitamins A, C and K, as well as potassium.

Many tomatoes are artificially ripened with ethylene gas a few days before being sold. To get the best taste possible, opt for vine-ripe or canned tomatoes.

When picking tomatoes, look for a fruit that’s heavy and dense for its size. The color of the tomato should be relatively consistent throughout, and it should smell sweet and earthy, not bitter or stale.

Tomatoes can be frozen for up to a year; their skin might crack, but they’ll stay fresh much longer and will be easy to peel. Get the skinny on everything from kale to pomegranates, learn delicious and easy recipes, and pick up tricks on how to add these super foods into the dishes you already love.


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