Tomato is considered both a fruit and vegetable. They are one of the most commonly used fruits/vegetables in the world. Because of their versatility, we can use them to top salads and in sandwiches. They’re the base of ketchup, barbecue sauce, and other popular sauces, and they add both a sweet and savory flavor to whatever meal you’re cooking. Apart from that, they are extremely healthy and have a number of health benefits.
Let’s take a look at them: –
Regular consumption of tomatoes or tomato juice decreases the levels of LDL cholesterol, which is known as bad cholesterol. They also contain an antioxidant called lycopene and higher levels of lycopene in your body reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants which prevent the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause cancer. A study in women shows that high concentrations of carotenoids which are found in high amounts in tomatoes protect against breast cancer.
Aids in Digestion
Tomatoes are rich in fiber which activates digestion. They also prevent constipation and diarrhea. Tomatoes remove toxins from the body, keeping our digestive system clean and healthy.
Vitamin A, which is found in tomatoes, aids in improving vision and preventing night-blindness and macular degeneration. According to research, nutrients found in tomatoes like lutein and beta-carotene support vision and protect against eye conditions like cataracts.
Tomatoes are amazing for the skin and is known to cure severe sunburns. You can also peel the tomatoes, and use the skin as a mask on your face which helps cleanse and refresh your skin. Tomatoes contain a high level of lycopene, which is a substance that is used in some of the pricier facial cleansers that are available in the market.