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DON’T SLICE THAT TOMATO TOO SOON OR FRESH FLAVOR WILL VANISH

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Tomatoes are delicious, nutritious and low in calories.

But, says the Nutri-System Health & Fitness Information Bureau, treat them with a little extra care to get the best out of them.It says the Department of Agriculture suggests never slicing a tomato until just before eating it. About three minutes after slicing into it, its pleasant aroma and flavor start fading away.

That's why a tomato in a sandwich that was packed in the morning has little fresh flavor by noon. Tomatoes should be kept at room temperature rather than in a refrigerator because cold temperatures also cause loss of aroma.