I love eating fresh tomatoes, but I prefer to eat them with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper. There are different species of tomatoes and they vary in taste, color, shapes and sizes. Because tomatoes are grown in abundance, they are therefore available all year round.
This blog will highlight how the consumption of Lycopene that is found in tomatoes or tomato juice can help prevent the development of Prostate Cancer and other health benefits of tomatoes.
What are the Health Benefits of Eating Tomatoes Regularly?
Heath Benefits 1: Lycopene and Prostate Cancer
Lycopene is a carotenoid which is a a form of Vitamin A. Lycopene is responsible for the pink to red colors seen in tomatoes,water melon, papaya, guava and pink grapefruit. Numerous studies showcases the relationship between prostate cancer and lycopene.
According to WebMD, 1 cup of tomato juice provides you with 23 mg of Lycopene. Consuming 2 or more servings of tomato or tomato products each week, for example, has consequently shown to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Health Benefit 2: Vitamins and Minerals
Firstly, tomatoes contain minerals such as:Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Copper, Biotin, B-vitamins, Vitamin E, Phosphorus, and fiber. In addition, they are very low calorie: a medium tomato is around 22 calories.
Health Benefit 3: Decreases Cholesterol and Inflammation
A 2014 study called Dietary Supplementation with Tomato Juice, showed that the people in the study who drank tomato juice frequently consequently had better health outcomes.
Subjects in the study were already diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome:
High LDL (bad cholesterol)
low HDL (good cholesterol)
Increased inflammatory markers
Conclusion of the Study:
The researchers divided the subjects into two different groups. Group A drank tomato juice 4 times per week for two months. In comparison, Group B did not receive any tomato juice. The researchers found that those subjects who drank the tomato juice each week showed significant improvement in insulin resistance and a decrease in inflammation. In addition, a decrease in bad cholesterol and a slight improvement in good cholesterol were also observed.
Check out this blog about the Health Benefits of Carrots
A glass a day keeps the doctors away. Check out this tasty spicy tomato juice recipe at Taste of Home recipes