The health benefits of tomatoes are incredibly numerous, which is great since they taste so good. Not only are tomatoes fantastically delicious, but also they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Lycopene is one of the tomato’s greatest health benefits; it’s anantioxidant that helps flush free radicals out of the body and can even fight against the formation of cancer calls and heart disease. While some vegetables lose some of their health benefits when cooked, tomatoes actually develop more lycopene when cooked, and even more when cooked with a fat (such as olive oil).
The health benefits of tomatoes include being packed full with vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and tons of other healthful nutrients.
Among the claims for the healthfulness of eating tomatoes are that they can help keep blood sugar under control, lower your blood pressure, improve your vision, reduce the damage that cigarette smoking will do to your lungs, strengthen your bones, and reduce the risk of gallstones and kidney stones. You can even use them to improve the texture of your skin by applying a mask of pureed tomatoes.
You can make an amazing tomato juice by simply blending leftover tomatoes into a fine pulp. The seeds and skin provide health benefits as well, so I prefer an actual blender like a Vitamix for this task, rather than a juicer.
I also love slicing fresh tomatoes and topping them with salt and pepper and fresh basil. Nothing makes me feel like summer more than a plate full of gorgeous ripe and fragrant tomato salad.