Why You Should Eat Your Awesome Garden Tomatoes
That dark red, plump, ready to be picked off the vine is ready for you in your garden. The health benefits it has is waiting for you to make something outrageously awesome. What is it? Your garden Tomato. Confused if it’s a fruit or is it a vegetable? Find out which it is and its amazing health benefits.
What exactly is a Tomato
Tomatoes come in many colors now but the common known color is a beautiful red. But is it a fruit or a vegetable? It’s actually a fruit but the U.S. has classified it as a vegetable, in the nightshade family, stemming back to the 1800s. So many are calling it a vegetable, which is fine, but reality is….a fruit. Why you may ask? Well, it’s a fruit because it has seeds. Anything with seeds are technically fruit, but don’t go looking for it in the fruit isle. Cooking wise, people refer to it as a vegetable. I know, a little confusing. But the benefits are not [confusing].
Tomatoes, the fruit and vegetable at the same time, is known as Solanum Iycopersicum, and is a part of the annual nightshade family. Sink your teeth into the soft, pinkish red flesh, containing seeds on the inside and juicy and a delightful semi-sweet taste. So good, right? And the benefits…awesome amounts of vitamin C, A, K, B6, folate, thiamin, copper, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Not to mention dietary fiber, protein, and lycopene. And that’s not all.
- Antioxidant – lycopene is an antioxidant in fighting cancer causing free radicals. Great in fighting against prostate, cervical, stomach, rectum cancers. Additionally it helps fight against breast cancer (1)
- Reduces cholesterol – tomatoe’s lycopene helps prevent against cardiovascular disease, by decreasing levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood (those are lipids that deposit fats in the blood’s vessels)
- Help digestion – given its large amount of fiber, tomatoes help keep the digestive system healthy by keeping everything “moving” to avoid constipation.
- Reduce high blood pressure – tomatoes help reduce hypertension, known as high blood pressure. The potassium in tomatoes help reduce tension in the blood vessels which increases circulation and reducing stress on the heart
- Help with vision – tomatoes are loaded with vitamin A, which aids in improving vision. Vitamin A is a great antioxidant against free radicals that affect vision
Time to Pick
Wow, how exciting is it that this great fruit-vegetable is easy to grow in your garden and also so awesome for you. Tomatoes not only are appealing to the eye, but also great for your eyes. They contain such great health benefits that you may just want to consider adding them in your garden, if you haven’t already. From the nightshade family, eaten in moderation, tomatoes are not just delicious and can be made in so many dishes, but their benefits are outstanding:
- helps reduce cholesterol
- helps digestion
- help reduce high blood pressure
- help with vision
What are you waiting for, go out and pick some tomatoes from your garden, or head out to your local Farmers’ Market and grab some [non-pesticide] tomatoes. Enjoy that fresh taste!
*this product is not intended to replace, diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any diseases. Always consult with your physician. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.