Vegetables have been proven to have a whole lot of health benefits and this is the reason why we are urging everyone to increase the consumption. Among the very many vegetables of the world, let’s examine TOMATOES and see its importance. Why must we increase tomatoes consumption?
Tomato, a vegetable (and a fruit) forms a considerable part of cuisines. It is one of the most popular garden vegetables across the globe. Alongside its essence of improving the flavor of food, its health importance cannot be overemphasized.
i.Improving eye sight : Vitamin A is present in tomatoes and this aids in improving our vision, as well as in preventing night-blindness. Another vision protector (from cataracts, macular degeneration etc) is Vitamin C and tomato is a good source of this vitamin.
Lycopene is the pigment responsible for the vibrant red colour of tomatoes; it is also an excellent carotenoid for good vision.
ii. Protects the Heart from cardiovascular diseases : Consumption of tomatoes reduces the risk of heart diseases, including hypertension which can otherwise be known as high blood pressure. Tomato contains fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline which all help the heart health.
iii. Functionality of the digestive system: Tomato is known to contain a reasonable amount of fiber that helps in keeping the digestive system healthy by lowering the blood cholesterol, preventing constipation, diarrhoea, and removing toxins from the body.
iv. Reduce blood clot risks:
Tomato juice reduces the risk of blood clots which can cause blockage for the bloodstream. To stay healthy and keep the blood healthy, it is important to take foods that allow blood flow freely. Phytonutrients in tomatoes have been shown to help prevent excessive clumping of platelet cells.
v. Triggers DNA activation and Increases fat burning capacity: Tomato contains 13-oxo-ODA; a special type of unsaturated fatty acid that helps decrease the amount of neutral fat in yrome from setting in. A substance that has been found to promote healthy fat burning enabling you to trim down your sides without going to the gym.
Other importance of tomatoes includes; improving the functioning of the digestive system and the liver, prevention of constipation, especially when mixed with spinach.