There has been an online debate about the health benefits of tomatoes after research published has suggested negative side effects of eating too many tomatoes. The key words being “too many.” Tomatoes are superfoods in their own right, offering incredible health benefits that do the body a world of good.
Eating anything in excess can be bad for you – even drinking “too much” water can have negative side effects. The truth is that this is only in excess. There is still no RDA (recommended daily allowance) of tomato consumption and all health experts say that it’s best to eat a variety of vegetables and to not overeat any one item.
It is recommended by health professionals to add tomatoes to your daily diet for the following reasons:
- Tomatoes contain high amounts of the antioxidant Lycopene. It fights molecules called free radicals that can damage your cells and affect your immune system. Foods high in lycopene, like tomatoes, may make you less likely to develop certain cancers.
- Tomatoes have substances called lutein and zeaxanthin that may help protect your eyes from the blue light of smartphones and computers. They also may help keep your eyes from feeling tired and ease headaches from eye strain.
- Tomatoes contain a good amount of calcium and Vitamin K. Both nutrients are essential for strengthening and performing minor repairs on bones as well as bone tissue.
- Tomatoes are good for your heart. Because of the Vitamin B and potassium in tomatoes, these vegetables are effective at reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure.
- Tomatoes are good for your skin and hair. The Vitamin A in tomatoes works perfectly to keep your hair shiny and strong. In addition, it also does wonders for your eye, skin, bone and teeth health.
Looking for a new recipe to up your tomato intake? Try this delicious Ratatouille Recipe.