The humble tomatoes feature in almost every Indian recipe. But did you know that apart from giving you great taste, they are also good for your health?
Salads, piping-hot soup, Spanish rice, and chutney–tomato forms the base for most delicacies cooked across the globe. But this seeded fruit is also a storehouse of nutrition.
Tomato has several health benefits and it helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, aids in weight loss, improves hair quality, facilitates healthy skin, and revitalizes you.
You may have often overlooked tomato as something your mum always adds to curries, but let’s get you acquainted to its health benefits too shall we?
1. Tomatoes can help prevent cancer
Having a cup of hot tomato soup can go a long way in preventing cancer. Studies have found that consuming tomatoes and tomato products can reduce risks of prostate, lung and stomach cancers.
In fact, a Harvard Medical School study found that even tomato-based products can reduce the risk of cancer.
2. They are good for your heart health
Tomatoes are high in lycopene and beta-carotene–both of which reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
A University of Eastern Finland study found that low-serum lycopene and beta-carotene concentrations may increase the risk of AMI (acute myocardial infarction). So, add tomatoes to your daily dose of health juice and see the difference.
3. Tomatoes can keep diabetes at bay too
Rich in lycopene, beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids, folate and vitamin E, tomatoes help protect against the development of type-2 diabetes.
Scientists also found that about 200 grams of raw tomato per day had a favored effect on blood pressure.
4. Tomatoes are also good for the skin
Applying tomato on the skin has a host of benefits as well. The lycopene in tomatoes may protect the skin against sunburn. Plus, it’s also a boon for people with oily skin.
5. Tomatoes are very good for the eyes
Experts are of the opinion that tomatoes are high in lutein and beta-carotene. According to studies, these nutrients support the vision and protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.