Tomatoes are sweet, juicy and delicious!
They find their way in sandwiches, salads, and all-round everyday cooking. Whether you use tomatoes to make a homemade sauce or slice and dice them to make a spicy and delicious soup; they are always there, hiding under other ingredients!
Everyone must know that tomatoes are good for you. But, do we all know why tomatoes are a healthy option? There are hidden health benefits of tomatoes that will surprise you after reading about them!
Now, not everyone is partial to tomatoes. Some people may not like the taste of raw tomatoes or they may even pick them out of their meals. Either way, perhaps I could convince you to leave them in once you see the benefits.
This article will shed a light on this juicy super foods hidden health benefits.

  1. Fight Cancer

Here’s another kick to cancer.
Did you know that tomatoes are a natural fighter? Lycopene which is a bright red pigment found in tomatoes can aid the reduced risk of you suffering from developing several cancerous cells. Research shows lycopene can protect against breast cancer, prostate, cervical, mouth, colon and even ovarian cancer. The antioxidants, vitamins A and C found in juicy tomatoes fight the free radicals which cause cell damage and create cancer in the human body.

  1. Good For Vision

Did you know that tomatoes can improve your vision? You never saw this coming did you? The vitamin A that tomatoes provide can improve your vision and even prevent blindness. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that can be formed from an excess of beta-carotene in the body. Recent research indicates that eating tomatoes may help decrease the risk of macular degeneration which is a serious irreversible eye condition. Moreover, tomatoes can aid in preventing night blindness which many people tend to suffer from. Eye health is very important. If your eye sight weakens it can have a huge impact on you in later life. So, why not do all that you can for your eyes and keep them healthy and protect them from any issues by eating more tomatoes?

  1. Great For Weight Loss

A lot of foods are great for weight loss. Tomatoes are one of many foods that aid in losing that unwanted weight. As tomatoes contain a lot of water and fibre, they are known by Weight Watchers as ‘filling food’. If you are trying to lose weight and exercising regularly, then you ought to add tomatoes to your diet as well. They are a great juice option if you want to have tomato juice first thing in the morning. Moreover, tomatoes are a great snack option for when you are peckish between meals. Instead of eating the usual snacks every time you feel those hunger pangs starting, why not opt for a low calorie fibre filled food that will work as a mechanism for burning that unwanted fat in your body? If you are busy at work and you are trying to watch what you eat, or even if you are trying to avoid that vending machine calling out your name, then pack some tomatoes in a small box and take them with you to work. Eat at least one tomato a day to shed that weight you are trying so hard to get rid of!

  1. Excellent For Digestion

Nobody wants to suffer from constipation or diarrhoea do they? Tomatoes keep the digestive system healthy. Tomatoes contain a large amount of fibre, which can bulk up stool and reduce any symptoms of constipation. A healthy amount of fibre consumed can also help to stimulate peristaltic motion in the digestive muscles and release gastric and digestive juices. All in doing so, this can regulate your bowel movements and improve your overall digestive health.  Keeping yourself regular and normal when visiting the restroom is essential for a healthy body. So, one way you could do that is by consuming more tomatoes daily. Only good can come from consuming the right foods in order to keep your digestive system in good condition.

  1. May Help With Depression

Do you know anyone that is currently suffering from depression? Or, are you yourself feeling that your mood is suddenly changing? When you are feeling a little low, the first thing you may think of is eating that sweet and sickly bar of chocolate to get you through the hard time you are facing. Many people suffer from depression due to a number of reasons. Getting to the bottom of that depression and tackling and battling through it may take some time, but anything can be overcome if you keep on fighting. Numerous foods may help with many conditions you may face. Tomatoes are one of those foods that can help with depression. The folic acid in tomatoes may help with depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body. This can prevent blood and various other nutrients from reaching the brain, where depression begins to form. Excess of homocysteine interferes with brain activity, where it can have a huge impact on your mood, appetite and even sleep. Add tomatoes to your diet in order to help your brain reject any thoughts of sadness. Stay happy with one tomato a day!

  1. Support Bone Health

Tomatoes build stronger bones. The connection of tomato intake linked in with bone health is due to the rich supply of antioxidants found in tomatoes. The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are great for strengthening the bones as well as repairing the bones. We all want healthy and strong bones don’t we? Ageing is just a part of life, but ageing doesn’t always mean that you have brittle bones as well as white hairs and less teeth. If you take good care of yourself when young and eat the right foods, then of course your bones will remain strong in later life. So, this is where the delicious and juicy tomatoes come in. Add this redness to your diet and you will never have to complain about poor bone health as you get older!

  1. Battle Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be unbearable. Chronic pain such as back pains or arthritis can be felt by anyone at any age due to a number of reasons. Tomatoes are one of the foods that can reduce chronic pain. If you are one of those people that have tried everything you could think of to decrease that awful pain, then why not give tomatoes a try? High in bioflavonoids and caroteniods, which are anti-inflammatory agents; tomatoes help reduce chronic pains. Chronic pain often involves chronic inflammation, so fighting that inflammation is a good way of pushing away that chronic pain.
Eat more tomatoes. Whether that is just simply adding the redness to your salad, or juicing tomatoes – make sure that you consume at least one tomato a day in order to gain the full health benefits!
Try it!
Grilled Tomato Skewers on Toast Recipeby White on Rice Couple


Seasonal ÒRÉ blog contributor.

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