The ever-charming Audrey Hepburn rightly said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Gardening is like meditating. You find deep relaxation as you nurture the seeds you sow and see them grow into healthy, strong plants. If you have your own kitchen garden, you can often eat farm-fresh[.....]
From keeping your heart, gut, and liver healthy to fighting carcinogens to stay cancer free, drinking tomato juice ensures you stay healthy at all times. Lycopene, antioxidants and vitamin A among other nutrients in tomato juice aid better vision, healthy skin and hair and weight loss.
Tomatoes have vitamin C and A, the two nutrients needed for a healthy immune system. They help in preventing many diseases, cancer, and the common cold. Vitamin C also improves iron absorption. Tomatoes also have lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects your heart. The potassium in tomatoes manages your blood pressure and keeps preeclampsia at bay. Tomatoes are acidic, so eat them in moderation if you are prone to heartburn.
Tomatoes owe most of their benefits to the antioxidant lycopene. This anti-cancer agent fights free radicals, whether triggered by a high-fat diet or tobacco smoke. It revs up metabolism, thus reducing belly fat, and lowers blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, blood-clotting, and insulin resistance – all risk factors of stroke. Tomatoes can keep the eye healthy and prevent sunburns. Cook the tomatoes or process them to get more lycopene.
Tomatoes, a rich source of antioxidants and a delicious staple in most cuisines, are under the scanner for possibly causing kidney stones. Rumor has it that the oxalates in them (which could crystallize to form stones) may be concentrated in the seeds of this luscious red fruit. But before you give up on this nutritious food, take a closer look at the evidence.
Oils thicken up and get cloudy if refrigerated. Coffee (ground or beans) loses its flavor and absorbs odors from the fridge. Bananas and tomatoes lose flavor, texture and stop ripening naturally. Starch in potatoes converts into sugar, making it sweet or gritty. Moisture turns onions soft and moldy, makes garlic sprout prematurely, crystallizes honey and dries up fresh herbs.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is an important nutrient to reduce heat from minor burns. Apply a slice of tomato on burned skin. Hold it on the area for a few minutes and allow it to dry. Eating tomatoes can also prevent sunburns since they contain antioxidants. Tomatoes also remove dead skin cells, fight cell damage, and keep your skin glowing.
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