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Incredible health benefits of tomatoes.

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Hello Friends !

Hope you are enjoying summers and spring season. Well, every season has it's own speciality and pros. & cons. You gave different choices when you are asked which is your favorite season. One thing that never change is taking care of yourself and staying healthy. Yes, no matter what the season is, we all want to be healthy and want to stay fit. Veggies and fruits play an important part in helping us in keeping healthy. One such fruit is tomato 🍅.

Incredible health benefits of tomatoes.





Scientifically, a tomato is definitely a fruit. True fruits are developed from the ovary in the base of the flower, and contains the seed of the plant (though cultivated forms may be seedless). This is an age-old question and actually has an answer - it's a both ! Yes it can be said both because Tomatoes are fruits that are considered vegetables by nutritionists. Yes, it is also true that botanically, a fruit is a ripened flower ovary and contain seeds.

Tomatoes are fruits.


In the case of Nix v. Hebden,  the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes are vegetables, despite the botanical fact that tomatoes are fruits.😮 According to the concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany, a fruit is defined as "strictly, the ripened ovary of a plant and it's contents.

Nutritionists call tomatoes as vegetables.


Hence, despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable.
Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant which is linked to many health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

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Tomatoes are wonderful source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium. They are usually red when ripened. However, tomatoes come in yellow, green, orange & purple colors too. Tomatoes are used in curries, soups & sauces. It is added in a long list of variety of food recipes. It is included in salads too. In some places like India, unripened tomato which is in green color is eaten in the firm curry. But, red ripened tomato is always much more healthier due to lycopene as compared to unripened green one. The more red the tomato is, the more it is rich in lycopene & other nutrients.

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There are many subspecies of tomatoes seen in various parts of the world. They have different size, shapes & flavor.
Tomato is also called superfood at is loaded with nutrients that benefits human body.

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The nutrients densely present in tomato are great for your health and beauty both.
Tomato is helpful in giving healthy skin and helps in weight loss along with boosting heart health.
Tomatoes are popular in whole world and are an important part of food in almost every part of the world but there was a time in the past when people were afraid of tomatoes in the United States ( U.S. ). It was called as poisonous thing there at the time. May be the reason was that the plant belongs to the toxic nightshade family. Also, there were worms found in tomatoes and people started thinking them poisonous. May be this was also the reason.

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Well, nowadays, tomatoes are the fourth most popular fresh market vegetable behind potatoes, lettuce & onions. As, I talk about powerful health benefits of tomatoes, this article of mine will also tell you about their nutrient content and side-effects & risks of consuming tomatoes.

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Let me here give you a little glimpse of health benefits of tomato before I move ahead in explained and overall health benefits of it. Tomatoes are good for eyecare, stomach health & controlled blood pressure. They are helpful in providing relief from diabetes, skin ailments and urinary tract infection (UTI). They improve digestion, reduce cholesterol levels & detoxify body. They stimulate blood circulation, improve fluid balance,protect kidneys and prevent premature ageing. Tomatoes are also capable of reducing inflammation. Due to presence of large number of antioxidants, they have been proven attributes of fighting against different forms of cancer. They give protection against cardiovascular diseases.

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Nutrition Facts: Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw - 100 grams

Amount




Nutrient Amount Daily Value Chart
Serial Number

Nutrients Value
1).         Calories    18
2).         Water    95%
3).        Protein   0.9 g
4).       Carbs   3.9 g
5).       Sugar   2.6 g
6).       Fiber   1.2 g
7).        Fat    0.2 g
8).   Saturated     0.03 g
9). Monounsaturated   0.03 g
10).Polyunsaturated    0.08 g
11).      Omega - 3   0.0 g
12).      Omega - 6   0.08 g
13).    Trans Fat    ~
14).    Vitamin C  N/A
15).    Vitamin K  N/A
16).     Folate (B9)  N/A
17).     Potassium  N/A
18).     Lycopene  N/A
19).     β - carotene  N/A
20).     Naringenin   N/A
21).     Chrogenic acid   N/A
22).     Chlorophylls   N/A
23).     Carotenoids  N/A
24).     Vitamin A  N/A
25).      Calcium  N/A
26).         Iron  N/A
27).       Biotin   N/A
28).      Molybdenum    N/A
29).      Copper   N/A
30).    Vitamin B6   N/A
31).    Vitamin B3   N/A
32).     Vitamin E    N/A
33).     Phosphorus    N/A
34).     Magnesium     N/A
35).     Choline      N/A
36).      Pantothenic acid     N/A



Some other nutrients are :-

Manganese

Chromium

Zinc  etc.

The value of nutrient present depends on the amount of tomato eaten. N/A means not available.


   One Cup of chopped or sliced raw tomatoes contain :- 


   32 calories (kcal)                                          
   170.14 g of water                                          
   1.58 g of protein                                            
   2.2 g of fiber                                                   
   5.8 g of carbohydrate                                   
   0 g of cholesterol                                           
   18th of calcium                                              
   427 mg of potassium                                     
   43 mg of phosphorus                                     
   24.7 mg of vitamin C                                      
   1499 international units (IU) of Vitamin A



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Carbs

Carbohydrates make up 4% of raw tomatoes, which amounts to less than 5 grams of carbs for an average sized tomato (123 grams).Simple sugars, such as glucose and fructose, make up almost 70% of the carbohydrate content.

Fiber

Tomatoes are a good source of fiber, providing about 1.5 grams per average sized tomato. Most of the fibers (87%) in tomatoes are insoluble, in the form of hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin. Fresh tomatoes are low in carbs (4%). The carb content consists mainly of simple sugars and insoluble fibers.

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Vitamins and Minerals

Tomatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin C: An essential nutrient and antioxidant. One medium sized tomato can provide about 28% of the recommended daily intake.

Potassium: An essential mineral, beneficial for blood pressure control and cardiovascular disease prevention (3).

Vitamin K: Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K is important for blood coagulation and bone health.

Folate (B9): One of the B-vitamins, important for normal tissue growth and cell function. It is particularly important for pregnant women.

Tomatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K and folate.

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Other Plant Compounds

The content of vitamins and plant compounds can vary greatly between different tomato varieties and sampling periods.Here is a list of the main plant compounds in tomatoes.

Lycopene: A red pigment and antioxidant, which has been extensively studied for its beneficial health effects.

β-Carotene: A yellow antioxidant, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.

Naringenin: Found in tomato skin, this flavonoid has been shown to decrease inflammation and protect against various diseases in mice.

Chlorogenic acid: A powerful antioxidant compound, which may lower blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.

Chlorophylls and carotenoids are responsible for the color of tomatoes.When the ripening process starts, the chlorophyll (green) is degraded and carotenoids (red) are synthesized (source : healthline).

The main plant compound in tomatoes is lycopene. They also contain beta-carotene, naringenin and chlorogenic acid.

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Lycopene -
Of all the plant compounds found in tomatoes, lycopene is particularly noteworthy.Lycopene is the most abundant carotenoid in the ripened tomato and is found in the highest amount in the tomato peel. The rule of thumb is, the redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains. 

Tomato products, such as ketchup, tomato juice, and tomato-based sauces, are the richest dietary sources of lycopene and provide more than 80% of the dietary lycopene in the US.The amount of lycopene in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes.Ketchup for example, contains 10-14 mg/100 g but fresh tomatoes contain only 1-8 mg/100 g of lycopene.Other foods in the diet may have a strong effect on the absorption of lycopene from the digestive system. Consuming it with fat can increase absorption up to 4-fold.However, there is some individual variability here, and not everyone absorbs lycopene at the same rate.Even though processed tomato products are higher in lycopene, it is still recommended to consume fresh, whole tomatoes whenever possible.Lycopene is the most abundant plant compound in tomatoes. It is found in the highest amounts in tomato products, such as ketchup, tomato juice, and tomato-based sauces.

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Tomato is the integral part of various cuisines and it boosts health too. It is found in foods like pasta, pizza, ketchup & various beverages too. Well, I love cooking right from childhood and love to include veggies as they give beautiful color, flavor to the recipe making it delicious and healthy. I love to add tomatoes too in most of such recipes.

Tomatoes are easy to grow & cultivate. You can even grow it at home. There are different types & sizes of tomato and they can be prepared in different ways like cherry tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, raw tomatoes, soups, juices & purees.

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Scientific name - Solanum lycopersicum.

Tomatoes are believed to be originated from Mexico. The Spanish colonisation of America and Central America contributed in spreading of tomato cultivation.

They are an annual nightshade plant & grow in clusters of small to moderately sized fruits. Nowadays, tomatoes are grown all over the world. Thousings of cultivars and varieties are grown that have unique health benefits.

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Some Facts About Tomato -

° Consumption of tomatoes in the diet can help in protection from cancer. It helps in mainting healthy blood pressure. It also helps in reduction of glucose in blood in diabetics.

° Raw tomatoes and cooked tomatoes have little bit different health benefits however, cooked tomatoes are always more healthy. The reason is that on cooking , lycopene becomes more active and it enhances the health benefits of tomatoes. You can make sauces, soups etc. to get most out of it. I will share my recipes of sauces someday in future in my upcoming posts. For homemade healthy & delicious soup recipe, visit here.

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° You can eat more tomatoes by adding them into sandwiches. You can also enjoy them in wraps, sauces & salsas. Tomatoes have very high nutritional density. They are an intensely nutritious plant based food.

° Tomatoes contain carotenoids like lutein and lycopene. These can protect the eyesight against light-induced damage.

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° Tomatoes are among top ten fruits & vegetables that contain levels of pesticide residue. So, it is very important to wash them thoroughly before eating.

Now, let's have a look on health benefits of Tomatoes.


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The different types of tomatoes show different health benefits. It means that the health benefits of tomato can vary between types. Cherry tomatoes have higher β-carotene as compared to regular tomatoes. 
Eating more fruit and vegetable is also associated to healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and lower weight. Increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality.
The benefits of consuming different types of fruit and vegetable are impressive, and tomatoes are one of them. As the proportion of plant foods in the diet increases, the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer decreases.
They are rich sources of antioxidants that have been proven to be effective against many forms of cancer.


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Here are the health benefits of Tomatoes -

1).    Boosts Heart Health 🍅

Cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and strokes are the world's most common cause of death. Intake of right amount of tomatoes can help in protection from heart diseases. Tomato contains lycopene and β-carotene. These two can help in protecting from cardiovascular diseases. A study conducted in middle-aged men suggested that low blood levels of lycopene & β-carotene are linked to high risk of heart attacks and strokes.
It was evident in clinical trials that intake of lycopene is effective in lowering LDL cholesterol.


The fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and choline content in tomatoes support heart health.
An increase in potassium intake, along with a decrease in sodium intake, is the most important dietary change the average person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tomatoes also contain folate. This helps to balance homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid that results from protein breakdown. It is said to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The management of homocysteine levels by folate reduces one of the risk factors for heart disease.
Not only is high potassium intake also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, but it is also known for protecting the muscles against deterioration, preserving bone mineral density, and reducing the production of kidney stones. Clinical trials of tomato products have shown that they are beneficial against inflammation and markers of oxidative stress. They protect inner layer of our blood vessels and can help in decreasing the risk of blood clotting.

Tomatoes aid in protecting heart.
The lycopene present in tomatoes prevents serum lipid oxidation, thus exerting a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. A regular consumption of tomatoes has been proven to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. These lipids are the key culprits in cardiovascular diseases and lead to the deposition of fats in the blood vessels.

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2).    Improve Eyesight 🍅

Tomatoes have Vitamin A in them which helps in improving eyesight and vision. It helps in prevention from night blindness and macular degeneration. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and it can be formed from an excess of β-carotene in the body. Due to free radicals, vision problems take place and Vitamin A fights against this negative effect of free radicals being an antioxidant.Tomatoes are helpful in protecting eyes from light damage.
Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, lutein, and beta-carotene. These are powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants are known to protect the eyes against light-induced damage, the development of cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) recently found that people with high dietary intake of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, both present in tomatoes, had a 35 percent reduction in the risk of neovascular AMD.

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3).    Help In Digestion 🍅


Tomatoes are well known for keeping digestive system healthy. They are helpful in getting rid of constipation and diarrhea. They are also helpful in protection against jaundice. Tomatoes function in removal of toxins from the body. They contain large amount of fiber which can serve as laxative and bulk the bowels reducing the symptoms of constipation.

Eating foods that are high in water content and fiber, such as tomatoes, may help hydration and support normal bowel movements. Tomatoes are often described as a laxative fruit.
Fiber adds bulk to stool and is helpful for reducing constipation. However, removing fiber from the diet has also demonstrated a positive impact on constipation. A healthy amount of fiber helps in stimulation of peristaltic motion in the smooth digestive muscles and release gastric and digestive juices. This can regulate your bowel movements, thereby improving your overall digestive health and helping you avoid conditions like colorectal cancer.

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4).   Good For Diabetics 🍅


Tomatoes are good for diabetics. The American Diabetes Association recommends consuming around 25 g of fiber per day for women and an estimated 38 g per day for men.
Studies and researches have shown that people with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels, while people with type 2 diabetes may have improved blood sugar, lipids, and insulin levels. One cup of cherry tomatoes provides about 2 grams (g) of fiber. Tomatoes are helpful in managing diabetes.
A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces the oxidative stress of type 2 diabetes.

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5).  Control Blood Pressure 🍅



According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), fewer than 2 percent of U.S. adults meet the recommended daily potassium intake of 4,700 milligrams (mg). Tomatoes have good amount of potassium. Potassium is needed for good health too. High potassium and low sodium intake are also associated with a 20 percent reduced risk of dying from all causes.Maintaining a low sodium intake helps to maintain healthful blood pressure. However, increasing potassium intake may be just as important due to its widening effects on the arteries.

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6).  Decrease Hypertension  🍅



Consumption of a tomato on daily basis is helpful in reducing the risk of high blood pressure. A reason behind it is potassium. Tomato has potassium content in it.Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it reduces the tension in blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing circulation and lowering the stress on the heart by eliminating hypertension.

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7).  Prevents From Cancer  🍅


Tomatoes are helpful in prevention from cancer. Cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that spread beyond their normal boundaries often invading other body parts. Observational studies have shown that there is a link between tomatoes, their products and lesser incidences of prostate cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer. Tomatoes Andre loaded with lycopene that is said to be the main reason for protection against cancer. A study in women showed that high concentrations of carotenoids may protect against the development of breast cancer and tomatoes are rich in carotenoids. Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. With these components, tomatoes can help combat the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause cancer.

A recent study in the journal Molecular Cancer Research linked the intake of high levels of beta-carotene to the prevention of tumor development in prostate cancer.
Tomatoes also contain lycopene. Lycopene is a polyphenol, or plant compound, that has been linked with one type of prostate cancer prevention. It also gives tomatoes their characteristic red color.
Tomato products provide 80 percent of dietary lycopene consumed in the U.S.
A study of the Japanese population demonstrates that beta-carotene consumption may reduce the risk of colon cancer. Fiber intake from fruits and vegetables is associated with a lowered risk of colorectal cancer.
Diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer.
Further human-based research is needed to explore the possible roles of lycopene and beta-carotene in preventing or treating cancer.

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8).  Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) 🍅

Tomatoes are helpful in reducing UTIs. They are also helpful in prevention against bladder cancer.  Tomatoes are high in water content. This stimulates the urination making the hem diuretic. This increases the elimination of toxins from the hehe body along with excess water, salts, uric acid and some fats.


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9).  Antioxidants  🍅


Tomatoes are highly dense in lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is highly effective in attacking and scavenging free radicals.  Free radicals are also responsible for causing cancer. When tomatoes are cooked and are heat processed, like in ketchup, they yield maximum benefit as lycopene is more active in this form. The lycopene in tomatoes protects against cancer. It has also shown positive results in fighting against prostate cancer, cervical cancer, stomach cancer and cancer of rectum. It also provides defence against pharynx and esophageal cancers. A study conducted by the Harvard School Of Public Health have shown that it gives protection against breast cancer and mouth cancer.

Tomatoes are rich source of Minerals and Vitamins. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant which fights against cancer-causing free radicals. It further prevents damage of body systems. A single tomato can fulfill about 40% of the daily requirement of Vitamin C. Tomatoes have good amount of Vitamin A, potassium amounted iron. Potassium is important for maintaining nerve health and iron is essential for maintaining normal blood circulation. Tomatoes also have Vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting and controlling bleeding.

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9).  In Pregnancy  🍅

Tomatoes contain folate and intake of adequate amount of folate is needed before and during pregnancy to protect against neural tube defects in infants. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. It is available in the form of supplements but can also be boosted by dietary measures. It is recommended that women who are pregnant should take a folic acid supplement. Tomatoes are great source of folate naturally. This is acid replicable for women who may become pregnant in the near future.

Tomatoes also contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including:
alpha-lipoic acid
lycopene
choline
folic acid
beta-carotene
lutein
The cooking of tomatoes appears to increase the availability of key nutrients, such as the carotenoids lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Stewed tomatoes provide more lutein and zeaxanthin than sun-dried tomatoes and raw cherry tomatoes.

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10) Prevent From Gallstones   🍅


Regular intake of tomatoes can help in providing  relief from gallstones. There have been various studies to prove their efficacy against many chronic diseases and varieties of cancer. The antioxidant properties of tomatoes can also be derived from processed foods like ketchup and purees. Daily consumption of tomatoes fulfills the requirement of vitamins and minerals and exerts an overall protective effect on the body.


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11) Skinhealth And Skincare   🍅


Collagen is an essential component of the skin, hair, nails, and connective tissue.
The production of collagen in the body is reliant on vitamin C. A deficiency of vitamin C can lead to scurvy. As vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, a low intake is associated with increased damage from sunlight, pollution, and smoke.
This can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin, blemishes, and other adverse health effects of the skin. Tomatoes help in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair and skin. Topical application of tomato juice is even known to cure severe sunburns. Daily consumption of tomato protects the skin against UV-induced exrythema. They rank high in the preparation of anti-ageing products. Tomatoes are believed to be beneficial for skin health. Tomato-based foods rich in lycopene and other plant compounds can protect against sunburn. According to a study, there were 40% fewer sunburns after ingesting 40 grams of tomato paste (providing 16mg of lycopene) with olive oil, everyday for 10 weeks.


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12)  The Effect Of Smoking Cigarette  🍅

Tomatoes can be helpful in neutralising effects of smoking cigarettes. They counters the effect of smoking cigarette. However, it dies mean you smoke cigarettes and keep eating tomatoes thinking it will neutralise the harmful effects of smoking. Smoking cigarette is always injurious to help so, it is better to avoid smoking. The coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid present in tomatoes are believed to be fighters against nitrosamines which are the main carcinogens found in cigarettes. Vitamin A present in tomatoes in high quantities has shown reduction in the effects of carcinogens and can protect against lung cancer.

Cigarette is injurious to health -tomatoes are healthy.
Cigarette is always
Injurious to health
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   Some Other Facts About Tomatoes    🍅  


✦From the Crop to the Shop
Tomatoes start to ripen naturally due to gaseous hormone called ethylene preduced naturally in them. While
tomatoes that are produced by traditional methods are harvested and transported while still green and immature and artificial ethylene gas is used to make them red. This is artificial ripening method.
The disadvantage of this, is that it does not lead to the development of natural flavor, and may result in tasteless tomatoes.
Local tomatoes may therefore taste better, because they are allowed to ripen naturally.

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✦Tomatoes are juicy and sweet, full of antioxidants and may help fight several diseases.
They are especially high in lycopene, a plant compound that has been linked to improved heart health, cancer prevention and protection against sunburns.
Tomatoes can be a valuable part of a healthy diet.

An evidence-based nutrition article from our experts at Authority Nutrition.



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  ♧♧♧♧ ALLERGY & RISKS IN CONSUMPTION OF TOMATOES ♧♧♧♧



✹Tomatoes are generally well tolerated and tomato allergy is very rare. However, still precautions must be taken while consuming tomatoes. Anything excessive can lead to side effects too. Same is applicable to tomatoes.

Although tomato allergy is rare, they more frequently cause allergic reactions in individuals allergic to grass pollen.This condition is called pollen-food allergy syndrome or oral-allergy syndrome.

In oral-allergy syndrome, the immune system attacks fruit and vegetable proteins that are similar to pollen, which leads to allergic reactions like itching in the mouth, scratchy throat or swelling of the mouth or throat. People with latex allergy can also experience cross-reactivity to tomatoes.

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✹Many times tomatoes undergo contamination.
Tomatoes may contain higher levels of fluoride if they are exposed to fluoride gas or fluoride in the soil.


✹Including tomatoes in the diet has certain risks.
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles a list of fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue. These foods are known as the Dirty Dozen.
For 2017, tomatoes are number 10 and cherry tomatoes number 14 on the list. Though it has not been proven that eating organic foods has overall health benefits, the EWG suggests that people should buy organic tomatoes where possible.
Buying organic minimizes pesticide exposure, though this has not been definitively proven to prevent disease.

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✹Always remember to wash tomatoes before eating.
Beta-blockers, a type of medication most commonly prescribed for heart disease, can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. High potassium foods such as tomatoes should be consumed in moderation when taking beta-blockers.
Consuming too much potassium can be harmful to people with impaired kidney function. Failure to remove excess potassium from the blood can be fatal.


✹Those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may experience an increase in symptoms such as heartburn and vomiting when consuming highly acidic foods such as tomatoes. Individual reactions vary.
The nutrients of one food type do not give a complete picture of how to achieve a healthful diet. It is better to eat a varied diet than to concentrate on individual foods.

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🍅🍅🍅ORGANIC TOMATOES BETTER OR NOT ? TRUTH BEHIND🍅🍅🍅


It is known that organic tomatoes are better but what makes them better ? Find out here -

Why Are Organic Tomatoes Better?

According to a study at the University of California,  organic tomatoes are produced in an environment that has a lower nutrient supply. Due to this condition ,nitrogen-rich chemical fertilizers are not added. This leads to excessive formation of antioxidants such as quercetin (79% higher) and kaempferol (97% higher) in organic tomatoes. As we all know, antioxidants are good for health and help in reducing heart diseases. Moreover, chemical-based tomato farming involves spraying tomatoes with large quantities of pesticides and insecticides. Tomatoes are a highly sprayed crop throughout the world. Therefore, many organic food lovers believe that they are protected from chemical contamination when they eat the organic ones instead. Of course, organic farming is good for the environment as well!

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       Tips & Important Things To Remember    🍅  


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⛤How to include in diet ?⛤

There are easy ways to include the nutritional value of tomatoes in any diet.
Always store fresh tomatoes at room temperature and avoid refrigeration, as this causes tomatoes to lose their flavor. You can incorporate more tomatoes into the diet using the following tips:

● You can include tomatoes in soups,  salsa and sauces. Visit My Recipe Of Healthy Tomato Soup.

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● You can add grape or cherry tomatoes in hummus or plain yogurt dip and enjoy them as side snack.

● You can add sliced tomato to sandwiches and wraps.

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● You can add diced, low-sodium canned tomatoes to homemade or jarred marinara sauces when making pasta.

● You can use tomato puree in recipes. And you can use canned, diced, or stewed tomatoes in soups.

● You can eat a piece of toast with avocado and tomato slices.
Make a quick salsa with diced tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and freshly squeezed lime.

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Those who eat eggs can include
tomatoes in omelet etc.

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● Add tomatoes in salad. You can also dice fresh tomatoes and add them to rice and beans, quesadillas, or tacos. You can add them to omelets or scrambles, uttapam for breakfast.

● You can drizzle freshly sliced tomatoes and sliced mozzarella with balsamic vinegar, and top with chopped basil.
Make a bruschetta as an appetizer.

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Homemade ketchup & sauces
are best 


● Fortunately,  You can add tomatoes in vast number of recipes. In this way, you can enjoy taste and health benefits both.


● Always wash tomatoes before eating.

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Disclaimer :- This blog is not intended to any prescription or medical advice. It is for general info only. Always consult your doctor before using or applying on anything. Keep an eye on the ingredients to which you are allergic. Be cautious if you have any specific health condition or you are under medication. Consult your doctor first. Use info on your own wisdom.

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6 comments:

  1. I love tomatoes & try to have them as often as I can! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. Nice to hear from you. I am glad you liked it. You are more than welcome. Thank you for your valuable and encouraging comment. I really appreciate it. Even i like tomatoes a lot ! Stay connected and keep visiting for more. Thank you :)

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  2. This post is incredible! So detailed and thorough. And, you were able to prove what I've known for a while: tomatoes are pretty much the best. My husband is making a tomato and asparagus pasta dish now, and I can smell the tomatoes as I type. Thanks for sharing! :)

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