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Tomatoes! They’re sweet, juicy, and delicious. Everyone knows they are good for you, right? Uh, yeah, sure. Does everyone know specifically why tomatoes are a healthful food? Ummm… They have vitamin C? They’re low in calories? They’re fat-free? Yes, yes, and yes, but that’s not all!
Tomatoes are often considered a vegetable, though in actuality they are a citrus fruit. Tomatoes are delicious eaten raw, in salads or on sandwiches.
Whether you love sliced tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, or tomato sauce on your pasta – eating tomatoes regularly is good for your health, as well as your palate.
Tomatoes have been grown and enjoyed in Europe and Africa for hundreds of years. Recently, tomatoes have been linked to all kinds of health benefits.
One US study found that eating tomatoes regularly could reduce the risk of men getting prostate cancer. The antioxidant lycopene helps to ward against – breast cancer & stomach cancer.
The glossy red ones are packed full of vitamins – including Vitamins A, C and E. Tomatoes contain a high volume of water, and they’re refreshing in salads, low in calories
Health benefits of consuming tomatoes
The benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds, including tomatoes, are infinite. As plant food consumption goes up, the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer goes down. High fruit and vegetable intake is also associated with healthy skin and hair, increased energy and lower weight. Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.
- Cancer: Cancer has claimed many lives including the lives of the Rich and the lives of the Poor. Tomatoes is a good Antioxidant that can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. It is a good source of Vitamin C. It wards against Prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer.
- Tomatoes help to maintain good Blood pressure & Heart health: Maintaining a low sodium intake and increase in potassium intake are essential to lowering blood pressure.
- High potassium intakes from Tomatoes also help to reduce risk of Stroke, Kidney stones, Diabetes
- Tomatoes protect the Skin from damage caused by the sun: Collagen, the skins support system, is reliant on vitamin C as an essential nutrient that works in our bodies as an antioxidant to help prevent damage caused by the sun, pollution and smoke, smooth wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.
- Constipation: Eating foods that are high in water content and fiber like tomatoes can help to keep you hydrated and your bowel movements regular. Fiber is essential for minimizing constipation and adding bulk to the stool.
- Pregnancy: Adequate folic acid intake is essential for pregnant women to protect against neural tube defects in infants.
- Depression: The folic acid in tomatoes may also help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body, which can prevent blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain.
This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.