Harvard Heart Letter

Vegetable of the month: Tomatoes

Vine-ripened, locally grown tomatoes are abundant in farmersí markets in August. Scientifically speaking, these vivid red (and sometimes yellow, brown, purple, or green) orbs are fruits. But the USDA, which issues the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, includes tomatoes in the red-orange vegetable group. Aim for about five to six cups per week of the foods in this group, which also includes carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes. …

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