Tomatoes are amazing. The health benefits, their versatility in cooking and the taste, of course. Find out 10 reasons why you should eat tomatoes, in this guest post by Leslie J. Shearer. The GOODista team is thrilled to get this contribution. You might enjoy re-reading the Ultimate Tomato Recipes to get inspired to buy, grow and cook with these amazing fruits.
10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Tomatoes by L. Shearer
Tomatoes are considered one of the most versatile fruits (yes, tomatoes are fruits!). They can be eaten on their own, as a main ingredient or an additional element in countless delicious dishes. Tomatoes are sold everywhere, and come in different varieties: fresh, canned, sundried, juiced, pressed, and in paste. All are delicious and nutritious.
Tomatoes are filled with good nutrients. Some even say that the humble tomato is the healthiest of foods. Though not very popular, especially with children, tomatoes are gradually appearing in different dishes (not just salads!), in all parts of the world.
According to science tomatoes have unsurpassed health benefits. All their nutrients, vitamins and minerals can help the immune system and make the body stronger. Tomatoes are especially good for a developing body that still needs all the help it can get to fight off diseases and prevent cell deficiency. They can also make bones grow stronger.
Scientific Reasons To Eat Tomatoes
- Tomatoes have a chemical called Beta Carotene that acts as an antioxidant. It helps neutralize harmful Free radicals in the blood stream which can cause cell damage. What that is you may ask? Well, free radicals are a by-product of oxygen and metabolism. Beta-Carotene helps prevent it from damaging your cells.
- According to science tomatoes are a major source of Vitamin A. It can help you reduce the chances of cancer and it can also increase your ability of sight. It also benefits your liver, lungs, kidneys, heart and other organs in working properly. Vitamin A also helps the immune system fight off diseases ensuring your health and can be good for your skin too, fighting off acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
- Tomatoes also have Vitamin C which is good for your entire body. Your skin will look refreshed because vitamin C produces collagen which is good for the repairing and maintenance of good skin. It also helps in the making strong cartilages, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. You also need vitamin c for making teeth and bones stronger.
- Vitamin E also helps our bodies to fight off free radicals from damaging our cells. It also helps our bodies to fight against toxins such as air pollution, fights against premenstrual syndrome, eye disorder such as cataracts and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
- Vitamin K is also found in tomatoes which can help your body prevent blood clotting. It also plays a vital role in building strong bones and preventing heart diseases and is a part of the developing of other bodily processes.
- Tomatoes also possess dietary fiber which helps with the digestion process in your body. It helps digest bulky foods that are in your body. Vitamin K can also help prevent heart diseases and cancer; it can also improve your digestive health. It can also help with precluding weight gain.
- Folate is another nutrient that is needed by the body found in tomatoes. It is needed by the body to make our DNA and other genetic material. It also encourages cell tissues to grow.
- Niacin has a variety of advantages, but the most important one is that it helps reduce blood pressure and because it makes the blood thinner. It also helps with your digestive system process food more efficiently and it also has a positive effect on the nervous system.
- Phosphorus is another key nutrient (next to calcium) that helps in the building and strengthening of bones. Phosphorus is also found in tiny amounts in cells and tissues.
- Vitamin B6 is useful for brain development and for it to function properly and work faster through the communication of signals from one nerve cell to another. It can also help your body make mood altering hormones such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
Tomatoes? Options Galore
If you aren’t the type to munch on tomatoes on their own or when they appear on your salad, you tend to pick them out and keep them on the side. You can try cooking dishes which hero the tomato and bring out their zesty flavor.
The most common way to mix tomatoes into delicious dishes is to make a tomato sauce for pasta. You can also roast them and put them as toppings on pizza, boil and blend them up to make a tangy soup. You can chop them up and mix them with onions and spices to make a salsa for your chips! If that is not good enough reason then you should taste raw tomatoes with a little bit of salt on it or whip up a cheeseburger with some its slices.
In conclusion, there are many reasons to eat tomatoes because it has amazing health benefits that can make you stronger and smarter. Tomatoes are one of many fruits that is extremely healthy and tasty. Try them out!
Nothing can beat the feeling of growing juicy tomatoes in a garden. You can do it yourself by using modern gardening products manufactured by Miracle Gro AeroGarden. This company has many products and seeds which are known for growing rich tomatoes.
Guest Blog Author
Leslie J. Shearer is the founder and owner of the blog colorgardening.com. Gardening is her passion and she has a deep relationship with nature. Growing plants and digging deep to germinate flowers and vegetables brings positivity in her life.
We love these red fruit in all their shapes. You can grow, cook, eat and now also relish in their amazing health benefits.
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