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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Health Benefits of Tomato

Tomato is one of my favorite things to eat.  I love anything tomatoey(is that even a word?).  I've been on a quest to find out the health benefits of all the fruits and vegetables we consume as a family.  I love sharing what I know so I'm sharing today the health benefits of one of my favorite foods - the wonderful, the awesome tasting, the magnificent(well, you get the picture) tomato.


Health Benefits of Tomato

  1. Helps improve the texture and color of skin, cleanses and revitalizes the skin
  2. Purifies the blood
  3. Helps in cases of liver congestion and protects the liver from cirrhosis
  4. Natural antiseptic that can help protect against infection
  5. Helps to prevent hemorrhages.
  6. Contains lycopene (the red pigment in tomato) which is a powerful antioxidant that can also fight cancer cells
  7. Reduces cholesterol 
  8. Keeps the gut healthy  
  9. Reduces the risk of developing hypertension(high blood pressure)
  10. Reduces the oxidative stress in type 2 diabetes.
  11. Aids in maintaining healthy teeth and hair.  
  12. Prevents urinary tract infections 
  13. Prevents gallstones
  14. Regular consumption of tomato can also dissolve gallstones
  15. Aids bone health
  16. Heart-protective, good for coronary heart health
  17. Prevents/Heals Certain Types of Cancer
  18. Prevents diarrhea
  19. Soothes eye irritation
  20. Heals sunburn
  21. Heals wounds and sores
  22. Prevents constipation
  23. Prevents jaundice
  24. Removes toxins from the body
  25. Daily consumption of tomato protects the skin against UV-induced erythema
  26. Tomato ranks high in preparation of anti-aging products
  27. Reduces the incidence of bladder cancer
  28. Those who eat raw tomatoes have been found to be at a much lesser risk of developing rectal, colon or stomach cancer
  29. Tomatoes block the effects of nitrosamines and thus, reduce the risk of lung cancer
  30. Pregnant women, suffering from morning sickness, will benefit from tomato consumption
Amazing!  Tomato is definitely remaining on my list of foods to continue eating.  My older son had an allergic reaction(buttons on his skin) to anything with tomato in it and even the tomato itself up from the time he was born until recently.  I mainly kept it out of his diet until I decided to fight it.  I took it to the Lord in prayer and gave him small amounts of tomato from time to time. 

Well, the good news is that now he can eat it without any of the buttons showing up on his skin like they used to.  Hallelujah!  I still don't give him great amounts but unlike before he can partake of it. God is good.


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13 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    I didn't realize that tomatoes were good for teeth and hair.

    I luv tomatoes. They are one of my favorites! :)

    Take care,

    Evelyn

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  2. Hey Evelyn!
    Yep.  In doing this research I was surprised at how many things that tomatoes are good for.  The one that surprised me the most was the morning sickness for pregnant women.

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  3. LOL...I can't type today..Too many hours by the computer working on blogs. :-)

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  4. My daughter lives tomatoes. She can eat tons of them..I also liked the recipe on the previous post.
    Have a great weekend!

    Check out my new layout on my blog. I totally re-did it and it has more of a magazine look now..The network blog will have the same layout, but of course not the same color...
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  5. I meant to wrote loves tomatoes...

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  6. I'm glad she does.  It's really great!  Thanks for the compliment.  I'll check out the new look of the site later on.

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  7. LOL!  There are days like that.  I know just what you mean.  On those days I have to correct my typing much more than usual.  It's all good.  We will reap the reward of our long hours and hard work.

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