Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including,
of course, their oftentimes-rich concentration of lycopene. Researchers have
recently found an important connection between lycopene, its antioxidant
properties, and bone health.
While most often associated with lycopene (a carotenoid phytonutrient widely recognized for its antioxidant properties), tomatoes provide a unique variety of phytonutrients. Included are additional carotenoids (including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin); flavonoids (including naringenin, chalconaringenin, rutin, kaempferol, and quercetin); hydroxycinnamic acids (including caffeic, ferulic, and coumaric acid); glycosides (including esculeoside A); and fatty acid derivatives (including 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid).
Tomatoes are also an excellent source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C and vitamin A as well as bone-healthy vitamin K. They are a very good source of enzyme-promoting molybdenum; heart-healthy potassium, vitamin B6, folate, and dietary fiber; blood sugar-balancing manganese. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of heart-healthy magnesium, niacin, and vitamin E; energy-producing iron, vitamin B1, and phosphorus; muscle-building protein, and bone-healthy copper.
…And with only approximately 35 calories for a large tomato you can have plenty of these on the HCG Diet. If you choose to use canned tomatoes, which is fine, just make sure there is no sugar added.
Shrimp Stuffed Tomato
4oz. Cooked Shrimp
1 Lg. Tomato
½ lemon, juiced
Any seasonings (to taste)
Cook shrimp (boil or sauté).
Combine shrimp, seasonings and lemon juice.
When ready to enjoy:
Cut top of tomato, spoon out insides.
Fill tomato with shrimp mix
Tomato Basil Soup
2. Pour into a saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Serve hot, garnish with fresh basil leaves or parsley.