Summer Treats: Tomatoes & Peppers

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Cool, sweet bell peppers and juicy tomatoes are a couple of the delicious vegetables and fruits that are versatile. They can be eaten raw in salads, stir-fried with other vegetables or added to soups and stews. A couple of tomatoes, a bell pepper and cucumber combined in a juicer makes a refreshing, healthy vegetable drink. Stuffed peppers or tomatoes with whole grain pasta, shallots and topped with low-fat mozzarella cheese for a healthy, low-fat lunch. Peppers and cherry tomatoes are a delicious addition to grilled foods. There are many health benefits to eating bell peppers and tomatoes. 

Bell peppers and tomatoes are rich in antioxidants that help repair cell damage from free radicals. Antioxidants help protect your cells from some forms of cancer, help keep blood pressure at a healthy level and are good for your overall cardiovascular health. Tomatoes and bell peppers are low-calorie,  high fiber foods, so they are a great addition to your daily diet of fruits and vegetables.

Both tomatoes and bell peppers are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene. Lycopene may help protect against cancer, such as prostate cancer. Lycopene also helps keep LDL cholesterol low. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that has been associated with a healthy immune system. Bell peppers are a good source of beta carotene. Add some fresh summer tomatoes and bell peppers to your diet and start enjoying the flavor and the health benefits of these great summer foods. 

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