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English 21A
2 November 2011

Do you think fruits and vegetables are a good alternative to fight diseases instead of other drugs? Research has proved that there are many benefits in eating fruits and vegetables that can help prevent or control a lot of diseases. Though we were taught to have a daily dose of these healthy foods, many people choose not to eat fruits and vegetables. With the possibility of these foods stopping a disease, would one rather take prescription drugs to fight a disease or much rather just eat their way out of the illness? It would be far more resourceful to do so. A diet of fruits and vegetables can help prevent many illnesses.

Tomatoes, which are fruits, can help prevent heart disease, such as atherosclerosis. Tomatoes are arguably the most popular fruit. They are used in many foods, mostly anyone that eats anything with tomatoes in it benefit from it. Though it is not ideal to eat pizza, one will still benefit from it since it contains tomato sauce. On the website whfood.org, in the article titled “What’s New and Beneficial About Tomatoes” the author writes, “Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extract have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, tomato extracts have been shown to help prevent unwanted clumping together (aggregation) of platelet cells in the blood – a factor that is especially important in lowering risk of heart problems like atherosclerosis.” This shows how any food containing tomato is beneficial to eat. This isn’t to say eating a fresh tomato and eating ketchup have the same health benefit on you, but eating either one is a plus if you’re having any troubles with your health. On the website bestveganguide.com, in an article titled “Tomato Nutrition,” the writer states, “Lycopene [which tomatoes contain] also helps to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol which helps to prevent atherosclerosis.” Atherosclerosis is a...
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