Forget TMZ, US Weekly, STAR, and of course EXTRA for all your updates on the who’s dating who in Hollywood, and who’s headed for the hills! The real juicy gossip is in the world of health these days and it boils down to what foods are on making the A-list! An all time favorite for many including myself, and used in most recipes and found in marinara sauces to ketchup, you may say Tomato, but I say Tomahato! Yes, you heard me correctly Tomato is being named one of the world’s healthiest foods. There is so much gossip as to why you need to get a bite on this sweet but tangy superfood! Read the break down behind this juicy gossip:
PACKED WITH VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Tomatoes are a powerhouse for vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source for potassium, vitamin A, C, K, Folate, and Potassium. It provides thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, and cooper.
Tomatoes are inflammation-fighting foods. Tomatoes are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents. If you have chronic pain it involves chronic inflammation, so attacking the inflammation is a good way to overcome or lessen your chronic pain. When you reduce inflammation you can make your weight loss hormones, such as leptin work right allowing you to lose weight more easily. Leptin is your body’s natural weight control mechanism.
Studies shows that tomato consumption reduces the risk of ovarian cancer, digestive tract cancer (mouth, throat, esophagus, pancreas, colon, and rectum), cardiovascular disease, asthma, and chronic lung disease. Other studies have shown that tomatoes are extremely beneficial towards men who eat four servings of tomato products per week resulting in a 40 percent reduction in prostate cancer. A big part of this is due to the antioxidant lycopene which is present in tomatoes and is effective in lowering the risk of cancer.
IMPROVE EYE HEALTH
Since Vitamin A is present in tomatoes it helps improve your eyesight, as well as prevent night-blindness and macular degeneration.
REDUCE HEART DISEASE
Eating a tomato is a great for your heart. It helps regularly decrease the levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood, reducing the deposition of fats in the blood vessels.
MAINTAIN GOOD BLOOD HEALTH
Tomatoes are great in maintaining good blood health because it has vitamin K, which controls bleeding and blood clotting, and improves blood circulation. Tomatoes are also high in salicylates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood, and may be partially responsible for tomatoes' protective effect against heart disease, and also preventing strokes.
Just like the phrase eating an apple a day to melt the pounds away, well eating a tomato can keep your digestive system healthy. It prevents both, constipation and diarrhea, and jaundice too! It effectively removes toxins from the body, and keeps your body alkaline.
HEALTHY SKIN AND HAIR
If you want healthy glowing skin and strong hair then try a tomato. Packed with vitamin A, which is converted, to Beta-Carotene, which is great for the health of the skin, and creates strong hair.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamin K, which are very good for strengthening and repairing bones. Also, Lycopene which has been shown to improve bone mass which is a great way to fight osteoporosis.
TOMATO ON UP THE RIGHT WAY
Here are some simple ways to add tomatoes to your food plan
Sliced tomatoes on sandwiches
Chopped tomatoes in salad
Natural marinara sauce
Eggs with tomatoes
Tomatoes on multi-grain crackers or rice cakes
Low sodium tomato soup
Search for healthy recipes that call for tomatoes
RECIPE FROM EATING WELL
BAKED PARMESAN TOMATOES RECIPE FROM EATINGWELL.COM
Per serving: 91 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 4 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 375 mg sodium; 363 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat
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