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Free Radical Food: Tomatoes Versus Blueberries

  By Trina Remedios  posted Jan 7th 2014 at 7:00AM IN | Avg Rating
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Tomatoes Blueberries


Antioxidants:

- Lycopene
- Beta-carotene
- Vitamin C

Tomatoes are also a good source of phytonutrients like flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, glycosides and fatty acid derivatives.

Benefits of tomatoes:

Due to the presence of antioxidants, this fruit helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases to a great extent. Tomatoes also improve bone health and the antioxidants work to fight cancer more specifically prostate, breast, lung and pancreatic cancer. Tomatoes can also reduce our chances of neurological diseases.

How to buy and store tomatoes:

Tomatoes should be firm with a deep red colour without blemishes, wrinkled skin and soft spots. If they are not completely ripe, store them at room temperature away from direct sunlight. If you refrigerate tomatoes, let them thaw for 30 minutes before using them, this will help tomatoes regain their vitamins.

FOR MORE: Skincare Tips: Stop the Signs of Ageing with this Tomato Pack



Antioxidants:

- Anthocyanins
- Resveratrol,
- Flavonols
- Tannins

Benefits of blueberries:

Resveratrol, flavonols and tannins are key components that help fight cancer. What you may not know is that blueberries are also a good source of vitamin A, which is beneficial for good vision. This berry also reduces one's chances of developing neurological diseases. Not to forget, blueberries also slow down ageing. Blueberries are also important for diabetics and those suffering from heart disease.

How to buy and store blueberries:


Avoid buying blueberries if they are covered with mould and if they are soft. Fresh blueberries should be firm and ripe and should have an even blue colour. While storing them, remove all the overripe or spoilt blueberries, and do not wash them. Blueberries can be stored in the fridge for upto three days.

FOR MORE: Smoothie Recipe for Detox: Easy Mixed Berry Smoothie

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