I still have tomatoes on the brain after last week's Roasted Tomato Soup recipe. I made yet another batch last night and it turned out even better than the first. The trick was letting it simmer until it had really thickened.
But now I can't tell much difference between the soup and tomato sauce.
Oh, well. I'm writing today about tomatoes and why they are a fantastic food for runners. I get plenty of them -- fresh and canned -- in my diet, and if you're an athlete, you should, too!
Interestingly, "organic tomatoes are higher in some antioxidants, including quercetin, than conventionally grown ones. Research on quercetin suggests it may improve immunity in endurance athletes." ( Source )
You can enjoy great antioxidant power, as "Tomato sauce is a rich source of carbohydrate (at roughly 21 grams per cup), as well as various vitamins and minerals and antioxidants such as lycopene." ( Source )
And even more good news: "Tomatoes can help reduce lactic acid buildup." ( Source )