Today, people all over the world like to eat tomatoes. They put them on pizza, salad, pasta and many other kinds of food. But did you know that a long time ago many people thought that tomatoes were poisonous?
When tomatoes first came to Italy and Britain, most people avoided eating them because they were afraid they would die. Imagine how different your diet would be if people still thought that tomatoes were poisonous! You may think it is silly to be afraid of eating tomatoes, but in fact part of the tomato plant is poisonous. The stems of tomato plants are poisonous, but the red part that you eat is not.
Over time, people realized that tomatoes are good for you. Some doctors even started making medicine out of tomatoes because they thought tomatoes could cure diseases. (marc Langer, staff writer)