Why I Love Tomatoes
Tomatoes are delicious and actually a fruit not a vegetable by virtue of growing above the ground and having seeds on the inside. I love their sweetness and have always been a fan of tomato paste, tomato sauce, salsa, and ketchup. They’re a great source of immunity boosting vitamin C. But, there is another reason why I eat a boat load of them: tomatoes are very low in carbs. I am a diabetic, so watching sugar intake is a full-time job. One large tomato has only 5 net carbs. That’s just awesome for me. So many of the foods I love are high in carbs. As a transplanted Brit, I love my fish and chips. Sadly, potato is banned from my diet since it is 100% starch which turns to sugar quickly in the blood stream. I can still eat the fish, but steamed or grilled rather than battered and fried. Still love fish though. Another staple of the those from the Uk is bread. They say we’ll eat anything on a sandwich. I used to eat crisps (potato chips) on bread … with butter … yum!. Now bread is off limits. I really hate diabetes.
Tomatoes are great in salad, but also as a topping, or in a sauce. I’m actually making my own ketchup out of them today. They’re good raw, and cooked. I like to grill slices of them and put them on my bunless burger or steak with a little cayenne or chili pepper.
So, that’s why I love them. Delicious, healthy, low-carb, and inexpensive.