*1. It’s a get-skinny food.
The tomato may be poised to become a star in the weight loss world.. A team at Reading University has found that eating tomatoes leaves one feeing satisfied, suppresses the urge to snack, and also helps one shed the excess weight.
According to researchers, it could be because tomatoes are rich in compounds which alter levels of appetite hormones, making them a cheap way to keep hunger pangs at bay.
Tomatoes are low in carbohydrates and useful for diabetics who want to lose weight. They also control the amount of sugar in a diabetic person urine effectively. Due to a natural 90 percent water content, they are excellent diuretics.
In one study; drinking 13 ounces of tomato juice daily for three days, lowered LDL (The bad cholesterol) by almost 13%.
*2. It helps balancing the body’s fluids and maintaining a regular heart beat.
Regardless of whether you consider it a vegetable or fruit, fresh tomatoes are low in sodium and good sources of vitamins C, A, and K as well as potassium, a crucial nutrient for balancing the body’s fluids and maintaining a regular heart beat. Eating foods high in potassium will change your physical and mental energy in just hours.
The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults and adolescents get 4,700 milligrams of potassium per day, but most Americans are only getting about half of that amount. Thus, a key recommendation of the Dietary Guidelines is to boost your potassium intake by eating healthy, whole foods rich in potassium like tomatoes,bananas and legumes.
Tomato Products Powerful Potassium Punch
See how much potassium your favorite tomato products contain.
|1/4 Cup||668 mg|
|Tomato Juice||1 Cup||556 mg|
|Tomato Sauce||1/2 Cup||406 mg|
|Spaghetti Sauce||1/2 Cup||404 mg|
|Tomato Soup (prepared with water)||1 Cup||278 mg|
|Canned Whole Tomatoes||1/2 Cup||226 mg|
|Ketchup||2 Tablespoons||114 mg|
Due to potassium and vitamin B, tomatoes help to lower high blood pressure and to lower high cholesterol levels. This, in turn, could help prevent strokes, heart attack and other potentially life-threatening heart problems.
*3. It protects your ticker.
Tomato is a rich source of antioxidant pigments known as carotenoids. The characteristic red hue is largely brought about by one member of this phytochemical family known as lycopene. Several studies spanning the past few decades are providing clues that eating various tomato-based foods may afford significant cardiovascular support in men and women with type 2 diabetes.
It has been observed that lycopene in tomatoes act as blood thinners. The regular consumption of tomato has proved to decrease the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
And keep in mind, the more red the tomato, the more beta-carotene it contains. Also, remember that cooking destroys much of vitamin C, so stick with raw tomatoes for these benefits..
*4. It battles cancer.
Various studies have shown that because of all that lycopene in tomatoes, the red fruit helps to lessen the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also reduces the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. Lycopene is considered somewhat of a natural miracle anti-oxidant that may help to stop the growth of cancer cells. And, interestingly enough, cooked tomatoes produce more lycopene than do raw tomatoes, so enjoy that tomato soup!
What’s your favorite way to eat tomatoes?
So, let’s have a tomato race. Don’t you always try to get those first red ripe beauties as soon as possible? Bragging rights aside, the tomato is the jewel of the kitchen garden.
And the time to start thinking tomatoes is right now. By combining Old World techniques and modern plant science, your kitchen garden can be a tomato factory in three months or less.
For the earliest tomatoes, choose a cold-tolerant variety, one that can set flowers through spring’s chilly nights. If you’re a beginning gardener, or have had poor crops, there’s only one to choose: “Early Girl.”
Resistant to most tomato diseases, it performs reliably coast to coast and always comes up at the top in taste tests. While not large, the smooth red globes of “Early Girl” have a fine balance of sweet and tart flavors. They’re plenty juicy for a salad or sandwich, with thick skins that cook down to a fine pasta sauce.
Cold-tolerance and thick skin make “Early Girl” one of the quickest tomatoes to ripen. Set them out in April or May and you’re practically guaranteed to have red ripe ones for Independence Day.
Get a good start by sowing tomato seeds indoors this month.
Hope that our 4 powerful reasons to grow and eat tomatoes for diabetic motivate you.
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Yours truly for a great garden with flowers, berries, and veggies
Polly – Organic Gardener