13 Healthy Benefits of Tomatoes
Be it Sambhar from South India , a subzi from the North, or a salsa from elsewhere, many foods owe their superb texture, taste and colour to tomatoes. Common though the veggie (technically a fruit) is, it has a distinct tang, vibrant colour and juicy mouth-feel that set it apart from other ingredients. Sometimes the tomatoes are chopped and sautéed, sometimes they are pureed and added to the dish, but whatever form they take, their presence is felt. You can work it into a juice, soup, subzi, dal, rice or many more such dishes, as we have shown in this article.
1. Powerful Antioxidant : Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene. When one thinks of Tomatoes, only Lycopene comes to mind. Lycopene in the blood may reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases and decrease cellular inflammation.
2. Get all your Vitamin C at one go: Tomatoes are super rich in Vitamin C and provide 100% of your daily requirement in just one cup. Great to fight colds and coughts.
3. Good for Heart : Eating tomatoes daily decreases the bad cholesterol LDL in your body which reduces the risk of cardiovasular disease in the body. Tomateos are Cholesterol free.
4. Good for Weight Loss : One cup of chopped tomatoes contains only 30 calories. Great snack to keep at work or munch at work by topping with some spice.
5. Helps your body to produce and maintain new cells : Tomatoes are rich in Folate or Folic Acid which helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells.
6. Tomatoes are a Pregnant womens friend : One cup of tomatoes provides 23% of your Folic Acid requirements. So have your tomatoes as part of topping up your folic acid from lots of sources.
7. Provides Energy : Tomatoes are a good source of Thiamine which helpd form ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which body uses to provide energy.
8. Makes bones strong : Calcium from Tomatoes will make your bones strong. As the human body consistently remove small amounts of calcium from our bones and that has to be topped up with Calcium rich foods.
9. Good for Diabetics : As they are low in carbs and don’t shoot up your insulin levels, they are a super food for Diabetics.
10. Your Eyes good friend: Being rich in Vitamin A, it plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. In its retinal form it combines with the protein ‘opsin’ to form rhodopsin which is an essential light absorbing molecule that aids is vision, especially in dim light.
11. Low Carb Diet: Those on a low carb diet can safely consume tomatoes.
12. Fights Cancer : The lycopene in tomatoes is a potent antioxidant. It fights the spread of cancer cells and is proven to prevent heart disease by reducing lipid oxidation.
13. Urinary Infection : What’s more, its high water content is known to be work against urinary infection too – this being a common problem amongst office and school goers, especially in the summer months, we have all the more reason to stock up on tomatoes!
Top 10 Healthy Tomatoe Recipes
The Tomato Apple Drink is a simple treat of tomatoes and apples sweetened with honey, while the Garlicky Lentil and Tomato Soup is a more sumptuous fare made with masoor dal and tomatoes, without any unhealthy thickeners. The Tomato Onion Raita is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy accompaniment that is nonetheless very healthy.
The Kerala Style Tomato Dal, made of toovar dal and tomatoes in coconut gravy, is another tasty dish that gives you a nutrition boost. The Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad is super fast to make and its low carb, low fat and diabetic friendly.
These and many more tomato-based delights await you in this article, and on our website and mobile app. Bring home a basketful of tomatoes and get started!