To me, the best summer food has to be a tomato salad with cucumbers, red peppers, a bit of red onion, fresh basil, olive oil and some mozzarella or tofu! We love tomatoes so much that we thought of writing a whole article about the 10 health benefits of Tomatoes. A few days ago we talked about some genetically modified foods. We also talked about how science has changed the fruits, vegetables and grains we eat every day. It’s time to take a look at some of the 10 health benefits of tomatoes because summer is here and so are these delicious red fruits. You did know that tomatoes are actually fruits and not vegetables, didn’t you?
If something is delicious, it doesn’t automatically make it good for your health. Thank God that tomatoes are as nutritious as they are delicious. There are so many types of tomatoes, the best kind and the most delicious are those heirloom tomatoes that you can find at a farmer’s market.
When talking about the health benefits of tomatoes, one cannot skip the fact that tomatoes are very nutritious. One serving of red, ripe tomatoes is a great source of vitamins A, C, K and potassium. These fruits are naturally low in sodium and calories; they have niacin, vitamin B6, copper, and thiamin. They’re also high in fiber. Tomatoes are almost perfect!
Tomatoes aren’t just delicious. They also serve a vital function in helping your internal organs. For example, tomatoes can help your kidneys stay healthy and stone-free. They’ll also help protect you against gallstones! There are some studies that have revealed that people who eat tomatoes without the seeds are less prone to developing kidney stones and gallstones!
Eating lots of tomatoes will help you achieve great looking skin. Tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which is also found in orange vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes. Beta-carotene helps protect the skin against sun damage. Another amazing ingredient of tomatoes is lycopene. Lycopene protects your skin against UV light damage.
Some studies have shown that tomatoes can help people manage chronic pain. They are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids which are well-known anti-inflammatory agents. So, if you’re one of those people who suffer from chronic pain, make sure tomatoes are part of your daily diet.
You probably had no idea that tomatoes can help your bones get stronger, right? But it’s true! They have lots of vitamin K and calcium. These two things are great for strengthening bones. Yes, tomatoes have calcium; dairy products aren’t the only calcium rich foods. Lycopene (we mentioned earlier) is also great at improving bone mass.
Tomatoes help regulate your blood sugar levels because they are a good source of chromium. So, if you’re feeling like you need a snack, reach for some tomatoes and you’ll feel much better, fast! Make sure you eat them fresh, for best results!
You can have great hair if you eat lots of tomatoes! Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin A, which is known to make hair shiny and strong. You can either eat them or use them as a hair mask. Use a hand blender and blend together two tomatoes, add a teaspoon of lemon juice and olive oil and apply to damp hair. Leave on for one hour and then rinse and shampoo.
Lycopene seems to be the winning ingredient in today’s list! It is really great at reducing the risk of several cancers, including: cervical, mouth, throat, stomach, colon, prostate and ovarian cancer. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants which fight the free radicals which cause cell damage?
The number one benefit of tomatoes is the fact that they can improve your vision! The vitamin A it contains helps prevent night blindness and will also improve vision. Recent studies have shown that tomato consumption will also reduce the risk of developing an irreversible eye condition, called macular degeneration.
Were you aware of any of these health benefits of tomatoes? Do you have anything to add to our list? Or maybe you have a nice tomato recipe that you would like to share with us. Do so in the comment section below, we would love to hear from you!