Why You Shouldn't Put Your Tomatoes In The Fridge! :-O

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Tomatoes are one of the indispensable elements in one's home. You can have a tomato in your breakfast in the morning, put some on your burgers, sandwiches, pasta, salad, and many other dishes! However, did you know that you aren't supposed to refrigerate tomatoes?

Here is why:

A study proved that refrigerated tomatoes lose the genes that give them their taste.

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The tomatoes we buy from supermarkets are usually refrigerated before making it to our homes in order to avoid rotting and turning yellow. This is the exact reason why the tomatoes you grow yourself or buy directly from farmers are way more delicious.

What gives a tomato its aroma is sugar, acids, as well as amino acids and esters that are specific to tomatoes.

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Scientists from different countries came together and observed that these amino acids and esters are lost and researched the molecular reason why.

This aroma loss is observed under 5 degrees.

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After keeping some tomatoes in 5 degrees for eight days, the researchers examined the 25,879 genes this vegetable has. The result was that 12 different aroma genes start to wither in low temperatures.

The tomatoes then took a taste test.

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76 participants that tried the tomatoes reported that refrigerated tomatoes had less aroma.

And this process cannot be undone even when the refrigerated tomatoes are taken to the room temperature again.

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However, it was also found out that the tomatoes that are kept in the fridge for less than three days do not go through any kind of genetic change. That's why you can keep your tomatoes in your fridge for a short time so that they don't go bad.

Moreover, another observation was that refrigeration does not change the sugar levels of tomatoes.

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The fact that sugar levels are not affected by low temperatures show that tomato products such as ketchup and sauces can be kept in the fridge.

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