Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6 Benefits of eating Tomatoes:

No matter how much i hate this red vegetable, after reading the below benefits it makes me wonder and reconsider my judgement. Wait! let me stand corrected, not red vegetable, its a red fruit. Even though most people think the tomato is a vegetable, it is scientifically a fruit. A popular ingredient in food preparations across the world, this wonder food is loaded with nutrients that make it extremely healthy. Here are some of its top health benefits.

1.    Reduces risk of heart disease
Cholesterol is one of the major culprits behind the rising incidences of heart disease among today’s population. Tomatoes contain many vitamins and antioxidants that prevent cholesterol build-up, but they especially contain lycopene which has been associated with improved heart health. 
2.    Prevents cancer
Tomatoes have a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits that makes it great for preventing cancer. Free radicals, or oxygen containing molecules with one or more unpaired electrons often react with other molecules and lead to tumours. Therefore, it is important that you eat foods like tomatoes which are rich in antioxidants in order to prevent the damage.
3.    Good for weight loss
Tomatoes are extremely low in calories with a 100g serving containing just 18 calories. Also, it has fibre which helps you feel fuller thus ensuring that you do not overeat.
4.    Helps cure constipation
Constipation is caused due to food stuck in your colon and can be an extremely unpleasant condition to deal with. Tomatoes contain a lot of water and fibre that helps clear the food stuck in your colon thus curing constipation. 
5.    Keeps you looking younger
As we age, our skin undergoes free radical damage that can lead to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Even though this process is inevitable, tomatoes contain antioxidants that delays it.
6.    Good for your vision
Even though tomatoes are not as rich a source of Vitamin A as carrots, they are still a good source of the nutrient. Vitamin A helps in preventing vision disorders like age-related macular degeneration which people suffer from in old age. 
All of these reasons make tomato a great food that you should definitely stock up on the next time you go to a supermarket.

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