I try to cook using tomatoes as much as I can. Why? Because it is rich in lycopene and it contains lutein and zeaxanthin. Lycopene lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. While lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that decrease the rish for macular degeneration. When buying tomatoes make sure that you choose the deep red ones with no cracks or bruises. And it is best stored in room temperature. Yup, not in the fridge. This is a common misconception. I myself am guilty of storing our tomatoes in the vegetable bin of our refrigerator. If the tomatoes are ripe it can be stored in the fridge but in the warmer part only (the butter compartment). And make sure to wash it gently in cold water before you use it for cooking.