Apart from being visually appealing and improved aesthetics, tomatoes can provide you with almost all of the nutrients you need for the day.
Scientifically, tomatoes are considered as a fruit as they are developed from the ovary of the base of the flower and contain the seeds of the plant. It was in 1893 that it was classified as a vegetable in the U.S. through a Supreme Court Decision in order to take advantage of import taxes applied to vegetables.
Tomatoes contain folate, carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamins A and C, potassium, and folate. Its skin holds 98% of the flavonoids of the fruit, that can fight cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and inflammation. Furthermore, it is packed with minerals such as magnesium, molybdenum, calcium, and phosphorus. This healthy food is also teeming with carotenoids including beta-carotene, gamma-carotene, zeta-carotene, phytoene, phytofluene, and neurosporene.
According to science, tomatoes are what you need to stay strong and healthy. Lycopene in tomatoes has been found to be a powerful weapon against oxidation and inflammation.
Tomatoes can help obese and overweight people shed unwanted fats. In a study conducted, it was revealed that after 20 days, obese and overweight women who maintain their usual diet and drank 330 ml of tomato juice had reduced inflammation, thus lowering their risk for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other chronic diseases.
Many studies also suggest that including tomatoes as well as tomato products in your diet can lessen your risk of developing gastrointestinal cancer.
There would be a 35% decrease in developing the most aggressive types of prostate cancer by consuming 10 or more servings of tomato a week. In a survey of 51,529 male health professionals aged 40 to 75, results showed that consuming over two servings of tomato products a week as well as including tomato sauce in the diet led to a lower incidence of prostate cancer.
Tomatoes are also great for those suffering from cardiovascular disease. The higher amounts lycopene present in the plant act as a protection against cardiovascular disease.
A study in 2012 revealed that consumption of 70 grams of tomato paste every day for 15 days cut the chances of developing a cardiovascular disease of 19 young, healthy people.
Here Are Some Ways To Spice Up Your Tomatoes
Braised Tomato Brekkie
In a large frying pan, sauté peppers and sliced onion until they soften. Cut tomatoes into wedges and drop into the frying pan and wait until everything is tender. Let everything simmer. Crack eggs. Cover and cook these until you get the kind of eggs you like. Enjoy with tortillas topped with shredded cheddar or mozzarella.
Fresh Tomato Pasta Pepper
Place sliced tomatoes on top of cheese ravioli. Add extra-virgin olive oil, thin slices of red onion, and basil leaves on top. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and salt.
Roasted Tomato And Jalapeno Salsa
Roast tomatoes, sweet peppers, and jalapeno peppers until tender – loosely covering the peppers with foil while cooking. Let cool. Peel pepper skin and remove seeds. Chop the tomatoes, sweet peppers, and jalapenos. Place them all in a bowl and lightly coat with olive oil and add pepper and salt to make a saucy mixture. Add some freshly chopped cilantro to taste. Serve with tortilla chips or use crusty bread as a dip.