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Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Julie Wanner, CMA, AS, FIFHI Certified, Author of "Diabetes Can Be Sweet...Once You Bury It."

There are approximately more than 7,000 varieties of tomato and they’re technically considered a fruit. However, we classify them as vegetables. Fresh tomatoes are low in sugar and alkaline when they enter the blood stream which is especially beneficial for someone with diabetes. However, processed tomatoes whether in a can or bottled sauce are acidic to the body. If you have diabetes, you want to avoid acidic foods.

This holiday weekend you’ll want to add a healthy fruit to your diet. When you have diabetes, it’s best to avoid fruits high in sugar unless you're experiencing a low blood sugar. Did you know that tomatoes cleanse the liver? Yes, and they even go as far as removing acids (especially uric and sulfuric acid formed from meats) from the body. It’s a health hazard to let garbage pile up in your home but it’s even worse when your body becomes acidic with a toxic liver. It won’t be long before you feel tired, sick, and blood sugars start to increase.

Tomatoes contain vitamins B3, C, E, beta-carotene, lycopene; potassium. In addition, cooking fresh tomatoes actually releases the lycopene (a carotenoid) making it more available to the body. Also, by increasing your intake of lycopene it reduces your risk of cancer. Since tomatoes are packed full of vitamin C, they’re a powerful anti-viral immune booster. If you want to have a healthy thymus gland include tomatoes in your diet. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to protect the body from toxins.

This Labor Day weekend enjoy some fresh tomatoes in a salad, sandwich, or your favorite cuisine. I know I'm going to!

~The Doctor of the Future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise. ~Thomas Edison