In North America, people used to grow tomatoes because they were pretty, not because they wanted to eat them! It wasn’t until the 1900s that tomatoes started to become popular in cooking. (foodland ontario)
Once people realized tomatoes were safe to eat and delicious, the creativy and uses for tomatoes became limitless. This popular vegetable (or fruit?!) is used in salads, salsa, sandwiches, sauces, and many, many other dishes. Love them or hate them, you can probably find an enjoyable way to prepare them – and you should, because the health benefits are amazing! Below, we share just three of the many reasons you should be eating more tomatoes:
Improves Vision, Skin, Hair Health
Tomatoes aid in maintaining healthy skin, teeth and bones. The high level of vitamin A are helpful for improving vision and helping to prevent night blindness. Research shows that consuming tomatoes may help reduce risk of macular degeneration. This vitamin A also make hair strong and shiny! When it comes to your skin, beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, helps protect skin against sun damage. A nutrient called lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV damage which is a leading cause of lines and wrinkles.
Tomato contains a large amount of antioxidants that fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. One of these antioxidants, lycopene, is highly effective in scavenging free radicals and vitamins A and C fight free radicals that cause cell damage. Lycopene reduces the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate and ovarian cancer.
Reduces Cholesterol & Protects the Heart
The regular consumption of tomatoes has been proven to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This cuts down risk of cardiovascular diseases and the deposition of fats in the blood vessels. Research supports the antioxidant support provided by tomatoes, and the regulation of fats in the bloodstream.
Check out 40 Fresh Tomato Recipes from Midwest Living: http://www.midwestliving.com/food/fruits-veggies/40-fresh-tomato-recipes-youll-love/