Tomatoes are the no.1 selling vegetable in New Zealand but did you know that the Tomato is actually a citrus fruit? And is also one of the healthiest foods in the world.Tomatoes have a wide range of uses from being eaten raw in salads to cooking to sauces and drinks.
Tomatoes contain Lycopene which has antioxidant properties and also the ability to prevent many different forms of cancer. Tomatoes are also a very good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar levels from getting too high, and help prevent colon cancer. A cup of fresh tomato will provide you with roughly 32% of the daily value for vitamin C, plus 22.4% of the DV for vitamin A, and 7.9% of the DV for fiber. A serving of tomatoes provide 18% the daily value for vitamin K, which promotes bone health.
Tomatoes reduce the risk of heart disease
Tomatoes are a very good source of potassium. Diets rich in potassium have been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Vitamin B6 and folate, each present in tomatoes in good amounts, are both needed by the body to convert a potentially dangerous chemical called homocysteine into other, benign molecules. High levels of homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls and are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Tomatoes are anti-inflammatory
The overproduction of free radicals within cells boosts inflammatory compounds. These compounds promote virtually all chronic degenerative diseases, including atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer's disease along with various cancers. High amounts of antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene in tomatoes neutralize free radicals and help reduce inflammation.
Tomatoes help reduce migraines
Tomatoes are a good source of riboflavin, which can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
Tomatoes boost immunity
Drinking Tomato Juice can help build immunity against colds and flu which are believed to be caused by a carotenoid deficiency, especially in men, so get juicing guys!


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    April 2013