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Being Red-faced May Mean Better Health

By Tom Herrin

There are plenty of old sayings that people use to describe various events or situations.  Being green with envy is one that most have heard even if they had no idea what it meant.  Having the blues is never thought to mean an actual color change but is often used to indicate a condition in which someone is a little down or mellow.  Yellow is a common term that is usually not meant as a compliment.  The mention of someone being red-faced is usually referring to someone who may have something to be embarrassed about.  When it comes to foods, red-faced may indicate if someone is a tomato lover.  It can really be one of those healthy foods that is pretty commonly found on lots of menus.

They May Be Good for the Heart

Tomatoes contain lycopene.  This is known to help prevent lipid oxidation which can be a real problem for its role of depositing fats in the cells.  According to some sources, eating tomatoes or drinking tomato juices can play a part in lowering both LDL and triglycerides.  Since higher levels of these can cause some serious problems for the heart, consuming tomatoes or tomato products may be a simple way to boost heart health without going to great lengths.

They May Help the Skin

For years, many people have used tomato juice of some kind for treatment of sunburn.  While it may have seemed like a baseless practice to some, it actually has some merit.  Tomatoes are also used in some anti-aging products.  It is even in some antiperspirants.  Many people in some parts of the country are quite familiar with the practice of using tomato juice as a wash for those who have some strong odor on them, such as skunk.

They Can Liven Up a Meal

Most of us have eaten tomatoes on hamburgers.  They are also popular on sandwiches.  What would a BLT be without the tomatoes?  We enjoy them in soups or stews.  We also like to include them in chili or beans.  Everyone has had them in salads.  They are good in lots of meat dishes and can be added to almost any kind of noodles.  Some people like them in rice.  I enjoy them as ketchup on all kinds of things.  For those looking to add a little something to their diet, it may just take having a few more tomato products.  For me, just pass the salsa, please.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.

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