Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mooney Farms: Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes

Tomatoes for your health:
In the 1940s Ancel Keys, the father of the Mediterranean Diet, discovered that people who consumed the Mediterranean diet had the lowest rates of chronic disease. Mediterranean food contains less cholesterol and has more healthy fats, including monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, and polyunsaturated fats, which contain the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. The Mediterranean Diet is associated with less heart disease and protection from some cancers. Sun Dried Tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytochemical and proven antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. Ounce per ounce, sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than a raw tomato and studies show that a tomato rich diet is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer, digestive disorders, breast, lung cervical cancers and heart disease.

How the Family Got Started:
Mooney Farms began in 1987 as a family owned kiwi farming operation, selling their products locally at the farmer’s markets in Northern California. But when they added sun dried tomatoes to their offerings, the Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil & Herb sold out in a record four hours. Shortly thereafter a focus on Sun Dried Tomatoes and the Mediterranean diet commenced. Built on a foundation of family values, Mooney Farms has grown into the largest producer of Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil in the United States.

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