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Tomatoes: Health benefits of the vegetable tomato

  1. Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are delicious greetings from the nightshade family. There are different types and sizes of tomatoes. They are available in a wide variety of colors such as red, pink, white, black, purple, brown, green and yellow. These vegetables are edible raw, boiled or stewed. Tomatoes are present on or in wraps, sandwiches, soups, juices, purees or sauces. Tomatoes are an intensely nutritious plant food. The vegetable thus contributes to, among other things, healthy skin, healthy eyes and good heart health.


  1. Foods rich in water and fiber, such as tomatoes, are needed to moisturize the body and encourage normal bowel movements. Tomatoes are basically a kind of natural laxative. Thanks to the fiber, people are also less likely to suffer from constipation


  1. Tomatoes contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline. These nutrients are all important for heart health


  1. Collagen is required for the proper functioning of the skin, hair, nails and connective tissue. Vitamin C is required for this. People who take too little vitamin C may have to deal with scurvy (bleeding and weakness), but skin problems can also occur such as sagging skin, age spots, wrinkles


  1. Vitamin C and other antioxidants are abundant in the vegetables. As a result, tomatoes ensure that free radicals can be combated. Free radicals are one of the factors that may cause cancer. Lycopene and beta-carotene reduce the risk of prostate cancer. This substance also provides the typical red color of a tomato. The intake of beta-carotene also reduces the risk of colon cancer. Fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber are also associated with a lower risk of colon cancer


  1. Tomatoes are high in beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. These powerful antioxidants have a protective effect against damage caused by sunlight. This eye-healthy food also helps prevent age-related eye diseases such as age-related cataracts and age-related macular degeneration


  1. When people with diabetes mellitus type 1 (diabetes) eat a lot of foods with fiber, they get lower blood glucose levels. The insulin levels, blood sugar and lipids are in people with diabetes


  1. Babies whose mothers do not take enough folic acid (synthetic form: supplements) or folate (natural form) just before and during pregnancy are more likely to suffer from neural tube defects such as spina bifida

Risks of Eating Tomatoes

  1. Beta blockers (drugs) People suffering from heart disease may be taking beta blockers. These drugs increase the level of potassium in the blood. Consuming foods high in potassium, such as tomatoes, may cause kidney problems

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