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Tangy Tomatoes

Updated on February 14, 2016

Tomatoes contain nutrients, antioxidants, folic acid, vitamins A and C. Apart from resulting in yummy ketchup and sauce, tomatoes are also added in various vegetables to enhance flavor and texture of the dish.They are sometimes referred as ''functional food,'' as they provide more than just basic nutrition.

The consumption of fruits and vegetables including tomatoes decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disorders and certain types of cancers. Higher the intake of fruits and vegetables lower is the risk of skin allergies, hair fall problems, weight issues and digestive disorders.

Tomatoes are rich in water content and fiber thus keeping your bowel movements regular and minimizing constipation.

Being an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C, tomatoes help fight the formation of free radicals which are one of the major causes of cancer.

Tomatoes contain potassium in abundance. To have a healthy heart, you need to increase the intake of potassium and decrease the intake of sodium. Potassium is known to lower the risk of stroke, prevent bone mineral density, protect against loss of muscle mass and reduce the formation of kidney stones.

Consumption of tomatoes supply ample amount of folic acid which prevents the formation of homocysteine. Excess of homocysteine hampers the production of feel good hormones in the body. It also stops blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain.

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C. Collagen which is essential for the skin structure/texture, is completely reliant on vitamin C. It protects the skin from pollution, sun, and smoke.

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How to keep tomatoes fresh?

  • Store tomatoes at room temperature to maintain their natural flavor.

  • Refrigeration often causes fruits and vegetables to lose their flavor.

How to incorporate tomatoes into your diet?

  • You can have all the goodness of tomatoes in the form of soups.

  • Add them to omelets, scrambled eggs, pizzas, pasta, salads, sandwiches, homemade noodles.

Although tomatoes are healthy and safe to eat, in some people their intake may cause dietary problems and acid reflux. So make sure you consume them within limits.

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