Believe it or not, for the last decade the health benefits of tomatoes have been a main focus for nutritional researchers. Discover here the reason for this thorough research and why tomatoes are included in the negative calorie diet plan.
Wondering how the low calories of tomatoes can help you lose weight while keeping your taste buds happy?
Are you curious about the certain foods you should never mix tomatoes with?
Read on - it's all here.
Before looking at the overall health benefits of tomatoes, let's start with the part that interests you the most - since you're at this site: tomatoes and their weight loss benefits.
• Tomatoes boost your energy (with more energy you'll be more active and committed to a workout routine). This is due to tomatoes' high content of biotin, an essential water-soluble B vitamin. Biotin is one of the "energy vitamins" - without it, your body’s enzymes don’t work well. As a result, apart from low physical energy, you may experience the symptoms of low blood sugar between meals and/or acidosis (a condition of having an acidic blood pH).
• Tomatoes stabilize your blood sugar levels and curb your appetite making you feel satisfied for longer periods after you've consumed them
in a variety of mixed raw salads and tomato-based dressings over steamed or baked veggies and meat.
This is due to their high content of chromium and fiber, along with biotin. As a result, you can finally end the blood sugar roller-coaster ride, eliminating those nasty mood swings and the frustrating lack of concentration, poor memory, irritability, excessive sweating, heart palpitations, high anxiety and unstoppable cravings for sweets.
• Tomatoes detoxify your body and as you might know, detoxification is a big step forward towards flushing the fat from your fat cells.
Tomatoes' detoxifying properties are mainly due to their high content of powerful antioxidants like vitamins A and C, which protect your body against the free radical damage.
You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that the...
Consuming tomatoes give you real benefits in reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease. Along with other three vital nutrients for your heart health (vitamin B6, potassium and folate), tomatoes also contain niacin and lycopene, a combination proven to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, which is a known contributor to cardiovascular problems.
Speaking about lycopene...
...nothing has been hotter in the area of phytonutrient research in the last few years than the studies on lycopene in tomatoes.
Nutritionists say that it is the unique synergy of lycopene and beta-carotene along with the other phytochemicals that effectively protect you against oxidative stress and inflammation, cardiovascular disease, diabetic complications, asthma, and a growing list of cancers.
But you should know that lycopene is more easily absorbed from preserved tomatoes rather than from the raw ones.
Are you at risk of blood clotting? Consider eating more tomatoes to take advantage of the blood-thinning effects of consuming tomatoes and tomato juice regularly.
Tomatoes are also very valuable in maintaining the health of your bones. Their high content of vitamin K activates osteocalcin (the major non-collagen protein in your bones), which anchors calcium molecules inside of your bone tissue. So if you are a postmenopausal woman you'll want to eat tomatoes more often.
Are you suffering from migraines? You should know that the high content of riboflavin in tomatoes helps to reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraine attacks.
Are you concerned with how many calories you eat and wonder about the...
To a great extent, the calories of tomatoes depend on their type and the season they're harvested in. On average, count 25-35 calories for a cup of cherry tomatoes or for a red, medium, ripe tomato of approx. 150 g.
The reason tomatoes are on the negative calorie food list is that their low caloric content is exceeded by the number of calories it takes to digest them, producing the so-called "negative caloric effect". In fact, that’s why they are considered an extremely valuable nutrient-dense fat-burning food.
As you can see, the many health benefits of tomatoes, their high nutrient value and low caloric content help you improve your health and lose weight big time - just try for yourself and see the results!
Loaded with many vital nutrients, they are particularly valuable in a heart-healthy and cancer-preventing diet, regardless of how you eat them: fresh, cooked, juiced or as ketchup.
However, try to...
...like bread, pasta, potatoes or rice. Why? Because these combinations create a high level of acidity in your stomach causing heartburn and the disruption of the normal digestive process.
Always eat tomatoes along with foods containing healthy fats, like avocado, olive oil or nuts, as lycopene is lipo-soluble (which means that it is absorbed into your body only along with fats).
Are you wondering how many tomatoes should you eat on a regular basis to fully take advantage of their weight loss and health benefits?
Well, the equivalent of 1 cup of fresh tomatoes at least 4-5 times per week, like in the healthy Mediterranean diet ensures that you make the best of this popular and highly versatile food.
For best taste and to enjoy the health benefits of tomatoes to the fullest, consume them in various raw vegetable salads and other recipes for fresh tomatoes shared on this site.
And if you'd like to discover more interesting and practical facts about the delicious, low-calorie, fat-flushing tomatoes, read about the best types of tomatoes and a juicy history of tomatoes here >>