Green tomatoes are rich in tomatidine (a compound that's obviously perfectly named), which the researchers discovered stimulates growth in human muscle cells—and also helped mice build more muscle and be able to exercise for longer.
The authors say they're not yet sure how many green tomatoes people might need to eat in order to reap the muscle-building benefits. Even so, we know that green tomatoes have lots of other good-for-your-health benefits: one large tomato is about 42 calories, rich in antioxidants, provides half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C for women, as well as 2 g protein and 2 g fiber per serving.
So in the interest of having some variety in your tomato routine, here are some yummy—and healthy—ways to eat the green ones.
Southern Living marinates green tomatoes in olive oil, vinegar, and garlic, grills them, then adds slices of fresh mozzarella for its Green Tomato Caprese.
This Green Zebra Gazpacho from Kalyn's Kitchen is exploding with veggies: green tomatoes (of course!), cucumber, green bell pepper, and avocado.