Tomatoes are an important part of the Mediterranean diet. The more fruits and vegetables in your diet, the lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Not to mention the benefits of healthy skin and hair, increased energy, and lower weight overall.
Tomatoes are very nutritious, dense, super food going beyond providing just basic nutrition. Tomatoes contain phytochemicals, like lycopene, high levels of potassium, dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C (to name a few).
Some of the health benefits include:
1. Cancer- Vitamin C and antioxidants combat free radicals known to cause cancer. More specifically, nutritious content in tomatoes have been shown to prevent prostate, lung, colon, and stomach cancer.
2. Blood pressure- low sodium diets help to keep blood pressure healthy. But increasing potassium intake is highly important for maintaining healthy blood pressure as well, because of the vasodilation effects. *High potassium intake is associated with 20% decrease of dying from all causes, according to studies.
3. Skin- synthesis of collagen, an essential component of skin, hair, and nails and connective tissue, are reliant on vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant critical in prevention of damage from sunlight, pollution and smoke, which leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, blemishes, and other health effects.
4. Pregnancy- adequate folic acid intake is essential before and during pregnancy to protect against neural tube defects in infants.
There are many more benefits including heart health, diabetes, constipation, eye health, and depression prevention.