Tomatoes: Unlikely Heroes!

The American Cancer Society had a wonderful post about Summer Nutrition: How Tomatoes Are An Unlikely Hero! The following is attributed to them:

Tomatoes possess several interesting properties that make them exceptional at helping prevent cancer, particularly prostate cancer. Their most interesting quality: they supply lycopene which is a strong antioxidant. Also the onions in this salad can help reduce the odds of cancer. Onions are one of the best natural sources of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that has anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. According to one study, half an onion a day could reduce the risk of stomach cancer by fifty percent. The cancer preventing effects of this salad may be further strengthened by balsamic vinegar, which not only adds a delicious accent to this salad but which delivers compounds that can significantly lower the glycemic index rating index of the meal. Low glycemic foods help control the production of insulin and insulin-like growth factor, two hormones that can stimulate tumor proliferation, progression, and spreading within the body.

IngredientsCancer Society Salad

5 medium plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced

1/4 red onion, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced

1 Kirby cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

A generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons

2 splashes red wine vinegar

Coarse salt and black pepper

Directions

Dress the tomatoes, onions, and cucumber with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Let stand while you prepare dinner, about 20 minutes. Re-toss and serve salad.

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