Angela Bekiaris
1 minute read
23 Feb 2018
12:43 pm

10 reasons you should be eating tomatoes

Angela Bekiaris

Tomatoes have incredible health benefits, which is why you should add them to your diet.

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Not only are tomatoes a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper, but they also have dietary fibre and protein as well as a number of organic compounds like lycopene that contribute to their health benefits.

According to organicfacts.net, the benefits are:

1. Rich in antioxidants: They contain a large amount of lycopene, which is highly effective in scavenging cancer-causing free radicals.

2. Rich source of vitamins and minerals: One tomato can provide about 40 %of the daily vitamin C requirement.

3. Protect the heart: Experts explain that the lycopene in tomatoes prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases.

4. Aid in digestion: They’re great for preventing constipation and diarrhoea.

5. Improve vision: Thanks to the vitamin A present in tomatoes, they aid in improving vision, and preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration.

6. Lower hypertension: This is due to the impressive levels of potassium found in tomatoes.

7. Can help manage diabetes: A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the oxidative stress of type 2 diabetes.

8. Great for skincare: Daily tomato consumption will help your teeth, bones and skin. Plus, topical application of tomato juice is known to help with severe sunburn.

9. Prevent urinary tract infections: This is due to the fact that tomatoes are high in water content, which can stimulate urination; hence they’re a diuretic.

10. Prevent gallstones: Regular consumption can provide relief from gallstones, say experts.

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