Prevent sunburn with a fruit--treat sunburn with the same fruit

How do you prevent sunburn?

One study shows that eating five tablespoons of tomato paste each day for three months may reduce likelihood of sunburn by 25 percent. This also adds collagen to the skin, helping skin stay nice and tight (that is, fewer wrinkles and less sagging).

How do you treat sunburn?

Many sources claim that tomato puree, applied directly to the burn, reduces pain and helps promote tanning.

And now that you’re more equipped to prevent and manage sunburns, here’s the BIG question: Tomato…fruit or vegetable?

According to, the tomato is technically a berry, which makes it a fruit, of course, because it contains the seeds of a flowering plant.

So all the world over, the tomato is a fruit.

Except in the U.S.

In 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a tomato is a vegetable.

This landmark decision arose from a dispute between a fruit importer and a New York customs collector. In the late 19th century, vegetables imported into the U.S. required a 10 percent tariff, but fruits were imported duty-free.

The importer, John Nix, sued, and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court where the justices decided against Nix, stating that the tomato is a vegetable because people call it a vegetable and use it like a vegetable.

It may be completely wrong, but it’s the law.

So if you’re having a Supreme Court justice over for dinner, you might avoid a lot of embarrassment by not serving tomatoes or discussing sunburn prevention.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson