When food unwrapped last night decided to discuss tomatoes it was right up my street. Out of all the food and drink that I eat tomatoes has been a big addiction of mine from a very early age.
It goes back to the days when my Grandad had an allotment and I would be enjoying as many fresh tomatoes off the vine that I wanted. I loved the smell of them and the taste was amazing. I could easily get through a fair few pounds of tomatoes a week and this habit has continued into adulthood.
My craving when I was pregnant with my first child Kyle back in 2001 was tomatoes and I just couldn’t cope without them! I would have them as sauces, eaten from the vine and sliced in salads. I dread to think how many of them I ate!!!
So it was no surprise that for the first few years of my son’s life he absolutely hated them! Though now he loves them (nearly as much as me).
Growing up I would gladly have them anyway that they came. Whether that was tinned as vegetable juice drinks or fresh from the market. I even have a thing for tinned tomatoes on toast.
So, watching Food Unwrapped last night (which I love for insight into what I eat) I was fascinated when they decided to see whether tinned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes are better for your health.
The Winner Was?
The winner was the canned tomatoes. I was half expecting this as I am sure they wouldn’t put it on the programme if it was the fresh, as the fresh product would always be expected. Mainly because, we have this hatred towards anything processed that doesn’t land on our plates directly from the farm.
The reason they are much better for us is that the time period between the tomatoes leaving the field to entering the can is the same day and it keeps its goodness because unlike fresh tomatoes are reaching the end goal much sooner.
Just think of when you buy a tomato down the supermarket – It has often been around for ages before you buy it, then it will be sat in the fridge for a while and then in the end I am sure at least a week has passed by.
Compare this to the canned tomatoes these are put into the can the same day and then they are opened when they are eaten and will never be sat around for days.
There is certainly something there about them hanging around for too long. When I buy my fruit and vegetables from the Cash & Carry rather than from the supermarket they have come in that day and are much fresher and taste much better. Yet when I buy them from the supermarket I have to be super fast with consumption before they start to turn
Fresh Vs Tinned Tomatoes
For me I still LOVE fresh tomatoes and will still buy them and enjoy them in my daily healthy eating regime but I also love tinned too and they both hold a place in my kitchen.
Next time you have a can of tomatoes as part of your daily meal, then you can have the benefit of knowing that they are not as bad as other tinned food and that you can actually get health benefits from them!