By| Published: June 6th, 2016
Tomatoes are known as “functional food” since they go above and beyond providing just basic nutrition. A source of vitamins A and C and folic acid, they also contain an array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants.
Tomato is a nutrient-dense, super-food that people should eat a lot more than they are right now.
One medium tomato (approximately 123 grams) provides 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrate (including 1 gram of fibre and 3 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of protein.
• Reduces the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer (colorectal and prostate)
• Increases energy levels and lowers weight
• Promotes health skin and hair
• Prevents loss of muscle mass, preserves bone mineral density and reduces the occurrence of kidney stones
• High fibre improves blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels
• Minimizes constipation, promotes hydration and keeps bowel movements regular
• Offers protection against neural tube defects in infants
• Folic acid content helps with depression and regulates sleep, mood and appetite
• Add sliced tomato to sandwiches and wraps
• Canned tomato can be added to soups or stored in jars to make pasta
• Cherry or grape tomatoes and low fat yoghurt make a healthy snack
• Wholegrain bread with slices of avocado and tomato are a tasty snack
• Make a quick salsa with chopped tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and freshly squeezed lime
• Chopped tomatoes can be added to rice, brans, tacos, scrambled eggs and omelettes
Those taking beta-blockers should eat tomatoes in moderation since the medication can cause potassium levels to increase in the blood. Excess potassium is harmful for those whose kidneys are not fully functional. Additionally, GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) sufferers should avoid eating too many tomatoes as they increase regurgitation and heartburn.