Health benefits of tomato:
Tuh-MAY-toh or Tuh-MAH-to? Pronunciation doesn't matter when it comes to this fabulous nutritious fruit known as a vegetable. It's hard to believe that such a widely-used food source was once considered deadly poisonous. Available year-round in fresh and preserved forms, there is no shortage of uses for this versatile "vegetable."
I Ashish arora present before you the health benefits of tomato. Most of us dont know any of the health benefits of tomato and eat it just for eating.
Studies involving the tomato have cropped up all over the world of medical science. There are more health benefits derived from eating a tomato than the scientific community is able to print, at least yet.
I hope this research of mine will be helpful to you to know the health benefits of tomato.
Tomatoes, which are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, are loaded with all kinds of health benefits for the body. They are in fact, a highly versatile health product and due to their equally versatile preparation options, theres really no reason to neglect the tomato as part of a healthy diet.
Tomatoes are also high in vitamin C (concentrated the most in the juice sacs surrounding the seeds) and contain goodly amounts of potassium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin B.
Nutritive Values of Tomato : Per 100 gm.
Vitamin A : 1,000 I.U.
Vitamin B : Thiamine .06 mg.;
Vitamin C : 23 mg.
Vitamin K : amount uncertain
Calcium : 11 mg.
Iron : .6 mg.
Phosphorus : 27 mg.
Potassium : 360 mg.
Protein : 1.0 gm.
Calories : 20
Following are the 30 health benefits of tomato:
1. Tomato contains a very powerful antioxidant called lycopene which purportedly fights the free radicals that can interfere with normal cell growth and activity. These free radicals can potentially lead to cancer, heart disease and premature aging.
2. Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus have all been proven to be staved off by high levels of Lycopene.
3. As a source of fiber, one medium tomato equals one slice of whole wheat bread with a penalty of only 35 calories.
4. A large consumption of tomato can help improve skin texture and color.
5. Tomato is a good blood purifier.
6. Tomato helps in cases of congestion of the liver (protects the liver from cirrhosis) as well as for dissolving gallstones.
7. Tomato is a natural antiseptic therefore it can help protect against infection, Nicotinic acid in tomatoes can help to reduce blood cholesterol, thus helps prevent heart diseases.
8. Vitamin K in tomatoes helps to prevent hemorrhages.
9. Studies conducted by Harvard researchers have discovered that men, who consumed 10 servings of tomatoes a week, can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent.
10. Italian researchers have found that those who consume more that 7 servings of raw tomatoes lower the risk of developing rectal colon or stomach cancer by 60 percent.
11. The presence of antioxidants in tomatoes is said to be helpful in cleansing toxic compounds from the body.
12. It is believed that tomatoes block the effects of nitrosamines and thus, reduce the risk of lung cancer.
13. Researchers have suggested that eating tomatoes might help reduce the risk of heart attack.
14. The vitamin K present in tomatoes helps in keeping the bones strong and healthy.
15. Consuming raw tomato on a regular basis can help improve the texture of your skin and add glow.
16. Tomatoes have been recognized throughout the world, for their blood purifying properties.
17. If you are suffering from congestion of the liver, having tomatoes will prove to be quite beneficial.
18. Being a natural antiseptic, tomatoes can help protect the body against various common infections.
19. Studies have shown that consumption of tomatoes and tomato based products may prevent serum lipid oxidation and reduce the risk of macular degenerative disease.
20. When applied topically, tomato pulp can help heal sunburn, wounds and sores.
21. Pregnant women, suffering from morning sickness, will benefit from tomato consumption.
22. Tomatoes have been found to have positive effects in case of ailments like constipation, diabetes, indigestion, intestinal disorders and jaundice.
23. Tomatoes can also help the body prevent diarrhea and soothe eye irritation as well.
24. The tomato help to dissolve animal fat in foods such as in butter, cheese, eggs, pork, beef, and many deep-fried foods, thereby preventing hardening of the arteries.
25. Diarrhea from simple, or non-organic cause can be stopped within 4 hours by the tomato treatment.
26. To relieve bloodshot eyes, doctors suggest eating 1 or 2 fresh tomatoes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
27. Tribal medicine men often prescribed poultices made from the leaves of wild tomato to heal wounds and sores. You can get the benefit of the wound healing property of tomato from the fruit also.
28. Hypoglycemic people (those who have low blood sugar) are beset with constant fatigue and lack of energy. Tomatoes are useful in rebuilding their strength.
29. Tomato intake also reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections
30. Vitamin A, present in tomato aids, aids in improving vision, preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration.
When choosing your tomatoes, be sure to pick those with the most brilliant shades of red. These indicate the highest amounts of betacarotene and lycopene. Though raw tomatoes are great for you, cooking them releases even more of the benefits. Lycopene is located in the cell wall of the tomato, so by cooking in a bit of oil, this healing compound is more fully released.
Unfortunately, the tomato is included in the list of the top ten foods to which most people are allergic.
I hope this article of mine will satisfy my readers in every way and all of you will make a habit of eating tomatoes daily. Include tomatoes in your daily diet to get most benefits from it. Your health is in your hands.
Author Brief Dr. Ashish arora is a consultant homoeopathic physician who is known amongst his patients for his politeness and his counseling skills. Other than the medical profession Dr. Ashish is very passionate for pencil sketching and photography.