8 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating More Tomatoes
Tomatoes are definitely a household favorite for us, especially when you live in the south where tomatoes are so rich in flavor, juicy and sweet! We definitely go through at least 1-2 tomatoes per day. But there's more reasons to enjoy tomatoes than just the great taste!
Here are 8 good reasons to eat more! Tomatoes are full of health boosting properties. Read on to see why adding tomatoes as a part of your regular balanced diet is a great idea.
8 Health Benefits from Eating Tomatoes
1. Tomatoes may help prevent several types of cancer.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, "Tomatoes’ cancer preventive potential comes from being a non-starchy vegetable as well as a source of vitamin C and carotenoids. The carotenoid lycopene is especially well studied for its cancer preventing properties, but results linking foods containing lycopene to lower cancer risk are currently inconsistent." Try the AICR's Spicy Gazpacho recipe HERE!
2. Tomatoes help maintain strong bones.
Don't let milk steal the spotlight when it comes to strong bones! According to the Michigan State University Extension, "Strong bones – the vitamin K, calcium and lycopene in tomatoes is good for strengthening and repairing bones as well as improving bone mass."
3. Tomatoes help repair damage caused by smoking.
While tomatoes won't help you QUIT smoking, they can help repair some of the damage that may have been caused from all those years of puffing. According to Medical News Today, "Tomatoes may restore lung damage caused by smoking. From cutting skin cancer risk in half to supporting the immune system, a diet rich in tomatoes and fruits imparts many health benefits. Now, researchers have found that these foods may restore lung function in ex-smokers and slow lung function decline in all adults."
4. Tomatoes provide essential antioxidants.
Tomatoes contain a great deal of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. This is primarily because these vitamins and beta-carotene work as antioxidants to neutralize harmful free radicals in the blood.
Free radicals in the blood stream are dangerous because it may lead to cell damage. Remember, the redder the tomato you eat is, the more beta-carotene it contains. In addition, you also want to keep in mind that cooking destroys the Vitamin C, so for these benefits, the tomatoes need to be eaten raw.
5. Tomatoes are good for your skin.
We're not suggesting you whip up a tomato face mask, but the amount of lycopene that tomatoes contains, may prevent skin cancer and may help to prevent sun burns. According to healthline.com, "Free radicals can damage the cells in your skin. This may increase your risk for wrinkles and signs of aging. Tomatoes contain antioxidants, such as lycopene and vitamin C. Consuming tomatoes can help provide your body with these antioxidants."
6. Tomatoes are good for your heart.
Because of the Vitamin B, potassium and lycopene in tomatoes, they are effective in reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. According to UPMC, "Some research shows that lycopene may lower LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and keep blood from clotting, which lowers stroke risk."
7. Tomatoes are good for your eyes.
Once again, we're stealing the spotlight from another food, carrots! Not only are carrots great for your eyes, but the Vitamin A found in tomatoes is fantastic for improving your vision. According to Medical News Today, "Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, lutein, and beta-carotene. These are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to protect the eyes against light-induced damage, the development of cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) recently found that people with high dietary intake of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, both present in tomatoes, had a 35 percent reduction in the risk of neovascular AMD."
8. Tomatoes are good for your hair.
The amount of vitamins tomatoes contains can also be beneficial to your hair and nails! According to Be Beautiful, "Tomatoes contain important Vitamins like A, B, C and E which are excellent stimulants for healthy hair. These Vitamins help prevent hair loss, give natural shine and help treat scalp odour and dandruff. Eating about 4 to 5 tomatoes a day ensures you have great hair health and shiny tresses to show off.
Not only can you consume tomatoes, you can even use them as a natural conditioner for your hair. Apply some tomato pulp on your hair and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off with cold water. The Vitamin C treats scalp problems like dandruff, eczema and psoriasis and boosts collagen for proper tissue development of scalp. If you have dry and itchy scalp apply a mixture of tomato puree and your regular oil for relief. Wash off with cold water for best results.
If you are a swimmer, applying tomato juice after every swim on your scalp and hair can be a great help to reduce chlorine damage. Follow by rinsing off with shampoo and conditioner."
Hope you enjoyed the above information and maybe you'll consider adding more tomatoes to your daily diet!
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