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#1 Old 03-20-2007, 01:59 PM
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I'm curious.

Why they might be bad:

Highly acidic - If you buy into the acid/alkaline theory then you'd want to avoid them because they are very acidic.

Inflammatory - Are tomatoes inflammatory? I've read some things that say they are.

Why they might be good:

Lycopene - Have heard a host of good things about lycopene. And apparently the best way to get it is through cooked tomato products?

Water-rich foods - Water-rich foods (veggies) are good no? Tomatoes are a water-rich food.

Please feel free to weigh in here in favor or against Mr. Tomato.
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#2 Old 03-20-2007, 02:00 PM
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I don't know if they are good or bad but I know that I am madly in love with them and eat them every chance I get.

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I always thought they were good for you. Who cares, I love them. good for the soul! if nothing else.
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Add another to the ranks of tomato addict. I love them, love them, LOVE THEM. I think that if I could, I would survive solely on tomatoes.

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My grandparents were Italian, always ate tomatoes and both lived to their 90s. I absolutely *love* tomatoes, it's one of my favorite foods. And agree I with nookle.
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#6 Old 03-20-2007, 04:35 PM
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Yeesh, they got banned fast. I love tomatoes, I eat them all the time. Imagine how different out diets would be if there were no New World foods included at all?

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#7 Old 03-20-2007, 04:37 PM
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Eh? Explain more....
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How could tomatoes be bad? Really!

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#9 Old 03-20-2007, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by nookle View Post

Eh? Explain more....

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash (including pumpkin), cucumbers, melons (including watermelon), mangoes, corn, and so much more is all "New World" food. New World meaning North and South America.
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#10 Old 03-20-2007, 05:22 PM
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I see. Odd statement, Kiz.
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#11 Old 03-20-2007, 05:25 PM
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Yes they are very good for you!

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#12 Old 03-20-2007, 05:30 PM
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Tomatoes are rich in lycopene (cancer-fighting), vitamin C and vitamin A. They are acidic, but unless you're eating tons of acidic foods and nothing to counter the acid, that shouldn't be a problem for the majority of people. I've never read or heard anything about them being inflamatory.
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#13 Old 03-21-2007, 01:34 AM
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oh god i could never give up tomatoes tey are the best!
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#14 Old 03-21-2007, 06:57 AM
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I'll be the dissenting voice: although I understand tomatoes are rich in nutrients, they are far too acidic for me. It'll probably be ok if I just have one raw tomato in a salad, but a tomato sauce will make me suffer. Then again, I'm very sensitive and will have an immediate reaction to any offending foodstuff or additive. Nobody else I know has ever had a problem with tomatoes (well, except from a girl allergic to them, but that's different).

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They are acidic, but unless you're eating tons of acidic foods and nothing to counter the acid, that shouldn't be a problem for the majority of people

I guess I'm in the minority then.
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