Add “stroke” to the list of adversaries tomatoes are helping to combat. A recent study has shown, “…That men who had the highest levels of lycopene—an antioxidant found in tomatoes—had fewer strokes than men who had the lowest level of lycopene in their blood. Overall, the risk of strokes was reduced by 55%.” Lycopene has also been found in other fruits including watermelon, grapefruit, papaya, and mango.  But tomatoes, a fruit that we can grow in our own backyard, are the most plentiful source of the valuable Lycopene. With an average cup of marinara sauce containing more than 31,000 micrograms of lycopene, nonna’s “gravy” as they say in New York, can help to do wonders for the body. The Finnish study surveyed males aged between 42 and 61 for an average of 12 years and found that those with the highest levels of Lycopene,”…Were 59% less likely to have a type of stroke called an ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke that is caused by a blood clot.”

The resulting benefits are compounded by the simplicity and cost effectiveness of planting the vined fruit. Tomatoes cost little to no money to plant and any non-green-thumber can do it. So whatever the reason is why you plant tomatoes, whether it be for sustainability, frugality, or the health benefits, let’s spread the knowledge of this incredible fruit so we can all one day live green, and be green.


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