Tomatoes are widely considered to be a vegetable but actually they are citrus fruit. They can be eaten in a variety of forms - raw or cooked. Tomatoes are eaten raw in sandwiches or salads and can be eaten in cooked form in pizzas, omelette or in curries. It is loaded with vitamin C and vitamin A, and help the body to absorb iron.
Following are the health benefits of tomatoes. So include this wonder fruit-cum-vegetable into your diet.
Studies have revealed that tomatoes contain a substance called lycopene, responsible for the red color in tomatoes, that is considered to have anti-cancer properties. Infact it is said that consumption of tomatoes is likely to reduce the risk of getting certain cancers, especially stomach, lung and prostate cancers.
DNA damage prevented
Tomatoes contain antioxidants such as Vitamin A and vitamin C. The two vitamins prevent DNA damage caused by free radicals. Consumption of tomatoes everyday may prevent age related diseases such as diabetes and atherosclerosis.
Reduces heart disease risk
Tomatoes are rich in nutrients like folate, niacin and vitamin B6, that have been found to reduce the risk of heart diseases. According to a study, it was found that eating 7 to 10 tomato servings in a week could reduce cardiovascular disease risk to 29 percent among women. Women who ate less than the previous group were found to be more susceptible.
Tomatoes help to prevent thrombosis that is a medical condition of blood clots in the blood vessel. A study showed that people who drank at least 8 ounces of tomato juice everyday were able to significantly reduce platelet aggregation than the people who did not consume it. Of course the juice has to be low in sodium as it could have a negative effect.
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