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January 25 at 1pm | Tomatoes: A treat for the body!

The Aging and Disability Resource Center Presents Beneficial Bites hosted at the Calhoun (Chetek) Memorial Library on January 25 at 1:00 p.m.  These educational sessions are fun, free, and include taste-testing of each presentation. You will also get to take home some recipes to try yourself.

In 2023 we will focus on foods that fight inflammation. This will complement the topic of arthritis and how to manage it, which we found out that many people wanted to learn more about through feedback from our last Barron County Aging Plan survey.

Tomatoes: A Treat for the Body!

Tomatoes are a staple in cuisines all over the world, especially in Italy. But did you know that they were once feared and used as an ornamental plant because people thought they were poisonous? The tomato’s botanical name is Solanum Lycopersicum. Lycopersicum in Latin means wolf peach and was given this name because it was thought to be dangerous like a wolf.

Tomatoes can be found in thousands of different shapes, sizes and colors. Most people think of tomatoes as a vegetable because of their acid, bitter flavor, however they are really a fruit. Their sweetness comes out when cooked. They grow on woody vines that can reach up to 10 feet tall. The leaves of the tomato plant can be dangerous because of the toxic alkaloids they contain.

The main antioxidant in tomatoes is a popular one in today’s world. You may know it as lycopene, the cancer fighting and cardiovascular-benefitting phytonutrient!
Studies suggest that eating tomatoes may ease inflammation which in turn will boost your immune system, lower your cholesterol levels, and keep your blood from clotting which all may help prevent strokes. Tomatoes also contain a vast amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and many B vitamins and minerals. You can enjoy tomatoes in many forms from fresh, to salsa, to sauces, and even drank as a juice; all providing numerous health benefits.

Click on the “Programs” tab, then the “Nutrition” tab to find the Beneficial Bites information at your fingertips. Previous Beneficial Bites topic information and recipes
can also be found here. For additional questions or comments please call Darby at 715-537-6225 or email at darby.smith@co.barron.wi.us. Please join us!

Visit the ADRC website at www.adrcconnections.org. Then click on the “Programs” tab and then the “Nutrition” tab to find more information.