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Tomatoes - A fruit or a Vegetable on the Paleo Diet?

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Created January 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Tomatoes - A fruit or a Vegetable on the Paleo Diet? What's your take? From what I understand they are pretty high in fructose.

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on January 13, 2012
at 08:08 PM

LOL! :) Thats how I feel too, just making sure my thought process made sense.

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"Since the tomato is native to South America, it makes sense that its name is based in the Spanish tomate, and can be traced to the Aztecs, whose language, Nahuatl, contained the word tomatl, or "the swelling fruit." In 1519, Cortez brought tomato seeds to Spain, where the plant was grown as an ornament but not for eating. The French called them pommes d'amour, or “love apples,” and in 1929 the word became American slang for a pretty girl."

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at 03:45 AM

1.5-2 grams of fructose in a medium tomato is not a lot. It will be more in sauces and paste, but they often have added sugar or HFCS. I like mine in salads, salsa, and chili :O)

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Ditto! Exactly what I was going to say. Typically things produce with seeds on the inside are fruit, they are nature's bribe to eat and poop the seeds.

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at 11:13 PM

That was my exact thought when I saw the title! LOL

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Botanically, it's a fruit. Culinarily, it's a vegetable. And since we're pigeon-holing things, it's paleo too, assuming you're not sensitive to nightshades.

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on January 13, 2012
at 08:08 PM

LOL! :) Thats how I feel too, just making sure my thought process made sense.

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on January 12, 2012
at 10:31 PM

A nightshade. Some people have issues with those, I don't. Technically it's a fruit.

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on January 12, 2012
at 11:13 PM

That was my exact thought when I saw the title! LOL

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on January 13, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Ditto! Exactly what I was going to say. Typically things produce with seeds on the inside are fruit, they are nature's bribe to eat and poop the seeds.

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on January 13, 2012
at 12:34 AM

Tomatoes are poison! Well, people used to think that, and my stomach agrees in terms of raw tomatoes (I get real nauseated). Cooked tomatoes are ok though. Because of this, for years as a youngster, I didn't believe my parents when they said ketchup was made from tomatoes. And yeah, fruit.

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