Tomatoes are just starting to come in season, and what better time to indulge your senses with those red, juicy, slightly salty-sweet summer treats than now! If you’re a former smoker, you have an even better reason to eat more tomatoes. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal reports that former smokers who ate more than two fresh tomatoes and more than three portions of fresh fruit a day – especially apples and bananas – saw a slower decline in lung function than those who got less fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.
The study conducted lung-function tests on 650 adult former smokers and non-smokers for 10 years. The fresh-fruit, fresh-vegetable diet slowed the decline in lung function and helped repair lung damage in former smokers. The same diet even benefited those who had never smoked, slowing the natural lung-aging process in those participants.
Doctors said the findings suggest that eating fresh fruit and fresh vegetables may help reduce chances of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Reference: European Respiratory Journal; 2017; 50:1602286; Published Online
Local Organic Tomatoes Are Here!
Shop Martindale’s Produce Department and stock up on fresh, organic local tomatoes – they’re starting to come in! And then try this refreshing apple-tomato salsa. Even if you’re not a former smoker, you’ll love this salsa.
Fresh Apple-Tomato Salsa
This fresh salsa will wake up your taste buds. Serve it with your favorite chips.
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 c. fresh tomatoes, diced
1/2 c. thinly sliced apples (such as Gala or Pinata)
2 tbsp. jicama, chopped
2 tsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. fresh basil, chopped
Salt to taste
1 tbsp. lime juice
1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
Combine garlic, tomatoes, apple and jicama in a medium-sized skillet and saute gently over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes to warm and meld the flavors. Add cilantro, basil and salt; drizzle lime juice and vinegar over top and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, keeping fruits warmed, but crisp. Drain some of the juices, if desired; refrigerate until chilled. Enjoy as a dip or side dish.
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