by Niki Kefala
What is red, tasty, in season and you can use it in the most of your recipes? The answer is tomato. Now that you will find the health benefits of this vegetable, I’m sure that you will eat it everyday.
Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. They are low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol and calories (22 calories in a medium tomato) and they also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. They have a rich supply of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support and that’s why they help in bone health and prevent prostate and stomach cancer (a substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is the reason for protecting from this types of cancer).
Breastfeeding moms must eat tomatoes because increases lycopene concentrations. As already mentioned tomatoes are a source of vitamin C, one of the many essential nutrients you need during pregnancy. This vitamin also helps in the absorption of iron, which is of special concern during pregnancy, as pregnant women generally have higher iron needs.
Tomatoes reduce risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis and diabetes. Diets that include tomatoes have been linked with reduced risk of some neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, they contain zea-xanthin a flavonoid that protect eyes by harmful ultra-violet rays.
For all this reasons many celebrities include tomatoes in their diet, like Fergie. She eats for breakfast low fat cottage cheese with sliced tomatoes. Maybe you can follow her example…
Not only do tomatoes taste great but they also keep the skin beautiful and healthy. Mix honey with tomato juice for smooth and glowing skin. Summer is here and so the inflamed skin and sunburn. Crush a tomato, mix it with yogurt and enjoy the sun!