Though often lumped together with vegetables, these red, ripe and juicy nutrition bombs are actually fruits because they grow on trees and contain seeds. Whatever their classification, tomatoes are popular for both their taste and their nutritional benefits. The wide variety of uses for tomatoes makes them, well, easy to swallow. You won’t struggle to find a way to ingest their goodness. Whether eaten on pizza, in a salad, as part of a casserole, and as will be discussed here, drunk in a deliciously slurp-able juice form—tomatoes provide some amazing benefits.
Nutritional Content: What’s inside
According to the nutritional statistics provided by New Health Guide, 100 grams, or 3.5 oz., of tomatoes provide 1.2 grams of fiber; 0.9 grams of protein; a whopping 94.5 grams of refreshing water; 5% of your daily recommended vitamin A, 17% of your vitamin C, and 4% of your vitamin E. They also give 237 mg of potassium and a dose of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, all of the B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron. Not only are they packed with goodness, they are also quite free of the ‘bad’ ingredients. They have only 0.2 grams of fat and when compared to the sugary drinks you’d buy in the grocery store, their 2.6 grams of sugar per 100 grams is pretty respectable.
The health benefits of tomatoes, whole and juiced, are fantastic and far reaching. Here are a few of the health benefits, highlighted by Health Guidance. Tomato juice is said to:
Keep cells healthy
Tomatoes contain lycopene which in addition to giving the tomato its brilliant red hue, is a very strong antioxidant. This antioxidant destroys free radicals. Radicals, which if left could otherwise have hurt our cells. Too many free radicals can damage cell walls and even break through them. This sort of damage can lead to mutations, some mutations may lead to the development and spreading of varying forms of cancer. With the help of lycopene in tomatoes and their juices, these dangerous free radicals may never even make it to the cells, let alone damage the cells’ walls.
Reduce cramps and increase energy
The potassium in tomatoes helps to ward off potassium deficiency. A shortage of potassium in the body can lead to energy loss making you feel weak. Potassium may also prevent cramps using its potassium content.
Cancer and Immunity
The vitamin C, which tomatoes are packed with, provides another type of antioxidant. This antioxidant is said to fight cancer and some affects of aging. It also strengthens your immune system against illnesses such as colds helping you to fight off existing and future attacks on the system.
Lower Blood Pressure
If your juice is juiced and crafted properly, it will contain a lot of fiber. The fiber content can flush and clean cholesterol from your veins and arteries. This cleaning lowers blood pressure and reduces your risk of subsequent cardiovascular issues leading to an overall healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
The fiber in tomatoes will also help to ensure a healthy digestive tract. The fiber in the juice runs through the system providing something of a laxative or detox for your digestive system. PBS shares another reason that tomato juice, versus the whole tomato, may help your digestive system. Not only do tomatoes and their fiber rich contents help digestive functions; but when tomato is taken in juice form, it is believed that you are helping your digestive system even more. The energy saved when digesting juice versus whole foods gives the digestive system something of a break while also preserving some of the enzymes in the fruit or vegetable, in this case tomatoes. The nutrients are sometimes otherwise lost in cooking.
Those pesky hangovers
We’ve talked about how tomato juice is said to ward off big problems like cancer, but it can also help us with less serious situations. Health Guidance tells us how tomato juice can help lessen the pain that follows a night of partying. The nutrients found in tomato juice will replenish those nutrients that were lost in the long night out. Find a suggested mixture below in the recipe section.
Not only are tomatoes delicious to eat; healthy for our hearts, digestion, cells and arteries–tomato juice also will do its part to make us look as great as we feel after drinking it.
Now we’ll refer back to free radicals and tomatoes’ ability to prevent them from attacking our cells and cells’ walls. While too much damage to cells can cause cancer, there are also some minor issues that can arise in the meantime. The more minor damage, if it happens near the skin’s surface, can produce visible cell damage in the form of wrinkles (Health Guidance). Preventing these free radicals from ever reaching the cells will not only keep you healthy, it will also keep you beautiful!
6-in-1 face treatment
According to the Times of India, you can eat your tomato juice and wear it too. The writers claim that tomato, in some form, can be used to shrink pores, heal acne, as an astringent, as a cleanser, to treat sunburn, and to make skin glow. Find recipes below in the recipe section.
According to Nature Hacks, tomato juice may help you to lose weight. Drinking tomato juice regularly will help to ensure that the body is properly hydrated while also pumping it full of fiber. Both of these things help dieters to feel full and to deter the dreaded binge eating sessions. Not only will it make you feel full, you will be full of healthy nutrients, helping you to get more out of your exercise and activities.
Nature Hacks also tells us about the tomatoes affect on our dull strands. Tomatoes contain iron and other vitamins that may help to give your hair an extra shiny glow. If you’re really keen, you can apply tomato directly onto the scalp to get rid of dandruff and ease an itchy scalp.
Recipes and mixtures
There are plenty of ways to juice a tomato, here are a few ways to mix, squeeze, and smash your tomato for health and beauty:
For a delicious vegetable juice
Eating Well suggests mixing 2 large tomato with:
- hearts of romaine
- chopped chives
- fresh jalapeño
- a large red bell pepper
- 2 large stalks celery
- a medium carrot
This juice packs a punch. It’s a tasty and nutrition packed tomato juice, without the extra sodium that might fill store-bought versions.
The Hangover Cure
As mentioned above, according to Health Guidance, tomato juice may help with sharp symptoms of a hangover. Simply mix the tomato juice with the juice of a cucumber, some spinach juice, and one tablespoon of olive oil to start feeling better.
- Acne treatment. Mash a fresh tomato and apply the pulp to the face. Rinse it off and follow with a moisturizer.
- Astringent. Add tomato juice to cucumber juice and apply to the skin using a cotton ball. Use daily to treat acne and oily skin.
- Sunburn treatment. Mix a crushed tomato with a few tablespoons of plain yogurt. Apply to affected areas and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash clean.
- Glowing skin. Mix tomato juice with honey into a nice, substantial paste. Apply to skin and wash off in 15 minutes.
These skin treatments were suggested by the Times of India.
No matter how you eat, juice, or apply your tomatoes, you can be sure are doing well for you body, soul, and health.
- Cranston, George, Health Guidance, Tomato Juice Benefits, online.
- Eating Well, Tomato-Vegetable Juice, 2013, online.
- Khan, Bushra, The Times of India, Tomato for clear skin, 2013, online.
- Ko, Lisa, PBS, 5 Things you need to know about juicing, 2011, online.
- Nature Hacks, The Amazing Benefits of Drinking Daily Tomato Juice, online.
- New Health Guide, Tomato Juice Guide, online.
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