–Tomato is the most commonly grown edible fruit in the world with a quarter of the global production coming from China as at 2012. If the world knew several facts about this miracle fruit, more will eaten and tackling cumbersome illnesses will not be too challenging. With the rise in cancer and cardiovascular diseases, we should be spreading the word to others about the benefits of eating tomatoes. I am sharing with you 7 Secrets of Tomatoes that you can also share with others.
–1. Improves Vision:
Vitamin A is a very powerful antioxidant and the largest vitamin content in a tomato. Eating tomatoes regularly aids in improving vision as it is known that several vision problems has been linked to a deficiency of Vitamin A. So, it is not a myth that Vitamin A is good for eyesight.
–2. Reduces Cholesterol and Protects the Heart:
Tomato contains large amount of lycopene, an antioxidant known to be highly effective in the prevention and treatment of different types of cancers including prostate, bladder, stomach and skin.
According to research the lycopene in tomatoes when consumed regularly has been proven to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. LDL. High levels of these lead to the deposition of fats in the blood vessels and known to cause cardiovascular diseases.
–3. Counters the Effect of Cigarette Smoke:
Smoking cigarettes leads to the formation of nitrosamine carcinogens in the body that have been found to cause lung cancer. Two compounds of tomatoes, coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, fight against these nitrosamines. The presence of vitamin A in such high quantities has also been shown to reduce the effects of carcinogens and can protect you against lung cancer.
–4. Rich Source of Antioxidants:
Vitamin A, C and K are natural antioxidants found in tomatoes and prevent cancer-causing radicals from damaging the body’s system. Eating a single tomato can make up the daily requirement of the body’s vitamin C. It also contains abundant potassium, as well as iron, which is essential for maintaining a balanced normal blood health.
Scientific studies found lower risk of cancer among people who eat a diet rich in tomatoes and tomato products.
–5. Beautifies The Skin:
Tomato is a fruit that is multifunctional, not only beneficial for maintaining a healthy body, but the tomatoes are also effective for maintaining skin health and beauty. Natural acids contained in tomatoes help to overcome the excess oil produced in the skin that causes the problem of acne and oily skin. They can also be combined with other materials to make a variety of beauty products such as facial cleansers and mask.
–6. Energy& Sex Drive Booster:
The high content of lycopene is a huge benefit for virility and prostrate health, which naturally is a sex, drive booster. Consuming 100 g (3.5 oz) produces 74 kJ (18 kcal) energy, which is a natural sex drive booster for men and women.
–Nutritional value of tomato per 100 g (3.5 oz)
–Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.9 g
Sugar 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Water 94.5 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.9 g
Vitamins (A, B, C, E & K) 0.5 g
–6. Replenishes Body Fluids:
A single tomato is made up of 94.5 % water so eating raw tomatoes is recommended to replenish body fluids especially when the body is dehydrated.
Cancer research – 1985 Harvard study Graham Colditz, MD.
Lycopene study –University of Kentucky, Dr David Snowden
American Cancer Society