Did you know this about tomatoes?
Research shows that cooking tomatoes can actually increase their nutritional value, which is not what people probably expect – we are often told that cooking food kills nutrients and that it’s best to eat it fresh.
They are a versatile and healthy food and can be added to salads, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, meat and vegetable dishes, used as a garnish in appetizers, and the like.
Tomatoes have antioxidants and lycopene compounds which boost the immune system. Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamins and minerals including:
- Vitamin K1 – helps to control excessive bleeding.
- Vitamin C – can help to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and boosts immunity.
- Vitamin B9 (folate) – helps the body to produce energy and healthy cell function.
- Potassium – helps to regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals.
Other benefits of tomatoes include they:
- Protect against heart disease.
- Help to keep your bones strong.
- Can help prevent cancer.
- Are beneficial for skin health.
- Are high in water content and can help with hydration.
- Are high in fibre and can help to relieve constipation.
- Help to keep your eyes healthy and reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Support proper cell division and growth.
- Are a good source of magnesium.
What are the risks?
Like with other fruits and vegetables, it is important that you thoroughly wash tomatoes before you eat them to remove any pesticides and bacteria. Organic tomatoes are a good option as they are naturally grown and are usually free from chemicals.
Be careful not to eat too many at once, as you may have an allergy or intolerance to ingesting tomatoes, and this can make you feel very sick – in the worst case scenario it could threaten your life. Be mindful that allergies and food intolerances can suddenly surface at any time, so be aware!
Eating excessive amounts can create problems for your body so make sure you eat them as part of a balanced diet, and if you have an underlying medical condition seek your own medical advice.
Tomatoes are full of vitamins and minerals that can have powerful health benefits by boosting your immune system and protecting you from developing chronic diseases, so don’t miss out on these great benefits!
Do you eat tomatoes regularly as part of your diet and would you vouch for them? We would love to know!