Surprising Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes have long established their niche among the list of healthy food to keep in your fridge.
This list gives you an idea why nutritionists approve of tomatoes.

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1. Vision

Tomatoes are home to Vitamin A, a known agent of good vision. It helps prevent night blindness. An irreversible condition’s (macular degeneration) risk is reduced with the regular intake of Vitamin A. Just a quick side note: Vitamin A is also responsible for strong and shiny hair.

2. Healthy Kidneys

Kidney stones and gall stones are less common to form among people who eat tomatoes without seeds.

3. Chronic Pain Manager

To eliminate pain is another point in the job description of tomatoes. Back pain, arthritis and other chronic pain are more manageable with tomatoes. Carotenoids and flavonoids help fight chronic pain. They are known anti-inflammatory agents.

4. Weight Loss

A weight loss program without tomatoes is a weightless program.

Tomatoes can help you lose weight. If you are on a sensible diet and exercise plan, build lots of tomatoes into your everyday consumption.

5. Other Minerals

Folate, potassium, Vitamins A, C, and K are sourced from one serving of tomatoes. Being naturally low in calories and cholesterol along with saturated fat and sodium, tomatoes make one of the best healthy food choices. They also offer copper, magnesium, niacin and thiamin. All of which are indispensable for good health.

6. Fiber

Seven percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber, that is around 2 grams, is gained in one serving of tomatoes.

7. Balanced Blood Sugar

Chromium helps in regulating the blood sugar. Tomatoes are a good source of this. They help keep the blood sugar in balance.

8. Lycopene

Believed to improve bone mass, which is a great way to fight osteoporosis, lycopene, together with Calcium and Vitamin K in tomatoes is one thing you do not want to miss in your diet.

Lycopene in tomatoes also make skin look great. Skin damage is controlled by making the skin less sensitive to UV light which is the primary cause of lines and wrinkles. On another note, beta-carotene, also found in sweet potatoes and carrots, contribute to a healthy skin.

Perhaps its strongest suit, risks of several cancers such as ovarian cancer, mouth and throat cancer, prostate cancer, stomach, esophagus, and colon cancer among many others weakened when the potent lycopene was added to the equation. Lycopene is a known cancer fighter. Free radicals are antagonized by Vitamins A and C preventing getting the cells damaged.

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