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Terrific Tomatoes

Still doubt that tomatoes have tremendous disease curative and preventative properties?  As expressed by Garfield the cat, maybe lasagna really is the world's most perfect food.  Prevention Magazine reports:

"The study reviewed 72 earlier tomato studies and found 57 that linked frequent tomato consumption with reduced cancer risks -- most strongly for cancers of the prostate, lung, and stomach. Lower risks of breast, colon, cervical, and other cancers were also suggested  (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Feb 17, 1999)."

Research continues; so far all the news is positive.

Do you read labels?  Here's a quiz for you.  What famous tomato soup in a red and white can is fat free?  

Is that a good thing?  Not necessarily.  As you can see if you read the Prevention article, the lycopene in tomatoes is absorbed more fully if cooked with a little fat.  In addition, if you wish to avoid sugar, salt or wheat, this soup isn't for you.  Never-the-less, tomato soup is an excellent addition to your diet.  

First, let's discuss the salt.  All experts agree that we have too much salt in our average diet.  This canned soup has 760 mg of sodium per 1/2 cup serving.  That's not a very big serving if you like tomato soup;  one reconstituted red and white can would give a little over five servings; not likely at our house.  Translated, that's about 1/3 of a teaspoon of salt per half cup.  Not too bad if you aren't on a salt-restricted diet, but verboten if you are sodium sensitive.  A more reasonable serving for an adult of one to one and a half cups, however, pretty much fulfills the daily recommendation!

Second, check the sugar.  The most-eaten canned soup has corn syrup, a common sweetener (if you have a family member allergic to corn,  watch out).  There's 11 grams per 1/2 cup serving.  That boils down to the equivalent of almost 3 teaspoons per 1/2 cup serving!

Third, if someone in the family has a wheat allergy, this soup's not for you!  Like most canned cream soups, it contains wheat flour. 

Canned soup is fast, handy and not too expensive.  But try this more nutritious, really fast and usually cheaper alternative:  Terrific Tomato Soup for Two (or Three).  Best of all, you are in control of the ingredients you use!

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