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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s… a tomato!

Available at Kalahari.net

Yes, tomatoes are the new superfood. OK, so they aren’t exactly new, but Ron Levin’s book, The Red Bodyguard (available at Kalahari.net), is.

Levin, a former research pharmacist, mixes “practical health advice and popular science”, highlighting the powerful anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties of the tomato. Tomatoes, Levin claims, can help prevent coronary heart disease and prostate cancer, among other things.

But how much is enough? The glut of information floating around out there can be very confusing. Try one of the following, together with half to one teaspoonful of virgin olive oil, into your diet every day, or at least three to four times a week:

  • a cup of tomato soup;
  • a cup of tomato juice;
  • 2 medium tomatoes;
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce;
  • half a cup of spaghetti sauce;
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste;
  • or 2 tablespoons tomato purée.

Cooked or processed tomato, strangely enough, packs more punch than raw, and don’t forget to include 4 other fruits and veg into your daily diet.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein should not be construed as a health-care diagnosis, treatment regimen or any other prescribed health-care advice or instruction. The information is provided with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in the practice of medicine or any other health-care profession and does not enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship with its readers. The publisher does not advise or recommend to its readers treatment or action with regard to matters relating to their health or well-being other than to suggest that readers consult appropriate health-care professionals in such matters. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication. The information and opinions provided herein are believed to be accurate and sound at the time of publication, based on the best judgment available to the authors. However, readers who rely on information in this publication to replace the advice of health-care professionals, or who fail to consult with health-care professionals, assume all risks of such conduct. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.


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