Are Tomatoes a “SuperFood” Cure-All?

If tomatoes aren’t part of your diet it is now time to start eating them. Eating tomatoes have benefits ranging from disease prevention to nourishing healthy skin. Technically a tomato is a fruit but generally people don’t eat a tomato in their hand like they would an apple. The tomato is in the nightshade family and is botanically similar to eggplants and peppers.

The high concentration of the antioxidant lycopene gives tomatoes their red color and helps prevent many diseases. Tomatoes are low in calories but high in vitamins as a half a cup of tomatoes only has thirty two calories.

One of the benefits of lycopene is the fact that it boosts pro-collagen, this keeps your skin looking younger and firm. There is also some evidence that it might help prevent sunburn. Eating tomatoes is not a replacement for sunscreen but it can offer a little extra protection.

The lycopene in tomatoes has been identified as protecting the body against nine different types of cancers. In particular there is evidence that high levels of lycopene in the body can lower the risk of breast, pancreatic, cervix, colon, prostate, lung, stomach, mouth, and rectum cancer. This only proved true for lycopene from tomatoes not lycopene pills.

Recent studies have shown that eating tomatoes can prevent a heart attack. A new study that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a tomato rich diet combined with extra virgin olive oil lowered the risk of heart attacks and strokes by thirty percent. This further supported the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Tomatoes are one of the easier plants to grow so if you aren’t growing them you should definitely give them a try. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes so you can choose the ones you like best. If tomatoes aren’t part of your diet you are doing yourself a disservice. Try adding them to your diet and you might be surprised by the results.

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