Can you spot Blake (a character from my upcoming book, Give It a Go, Eat a Rainbow) hugging the tomatoes at the left?
Did you know that February is Healthy Heart Month? In celebration of your healthy heart, I thought I would remind everyone of the heart benefits of eating red fruits and veggies. Tomatoes are high in a compound called Lycopene. Dr. Andrew Weil provides a great definition of Lycopene:
“Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, which means that, among nutrients, it has a greater-than-average ability to “quench” free radicals that cause damage to cells. Excessive free radical damage has been implicated in the development of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and many cancers, as well as accelerated aging. Lycopene is a carotenoid, responsible for giving many fruits and vegetables – especially tomatoes – their red color. It is also abundant in red carrots, watermelons, papayas and pink grapefruit”. (Source: Dr. Andrew Weil)
Here are 10 additional foods that are great for your heart (yay– I see the inclusion of chocolate!).
Read more about a study of 126 men who demonstrated a significant reduction in heart heart risk metrics (CRP, a marker for inflammation, being one of them) after taking Lycopene supplements.