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Are You a Ketchup on Eggs Type?

By Tom Herrin

For some people, it makes no difference as to what they have on the table, they are always going to add their own touch.  It may be a little garlic or butter on everything.  For others, it may be that they have cheese on every dish they make.  For still others, having something with a little ketchup can make them feel that their meals are more complete.  Many have those eggs with ketchup.  Still others have it on any kind of meat.  

It is not so much that ketchup is great for health, but pretty much all tomato products.  Fortunately for many, tomatoes are one of those foods that seem to keep their special properties whether they are raw or cooked.  Having more of them may be a good way to beef up a lot of meals.

They Are a Good Source of Vitamins and Minerals

While many people look to citrus fruits for their supply, tomatoes are high in Vitamin C. They also have Vitamins A and K in sufficient enough amounts to make a difference.  They are one of the few foods, other than meats, that can provide a significant amount of iron.  Many people have a difficult time taking in an adequate supply of iron.   It is much easier for many with low iron issues.

They May Help Manage Blood Pressure

Since tomatoes contain potassium, they can help to maintain the elasticity in the blood vessels.  This means that they can expand when under pressure, reducing stress on the walls of those vessels.  This also means that there is less stress on the heart since blood flow is easier.  Some of these small things may be able to save years of wear on the heart muscle.  It is often those little things that add up to making a total package.

They May Make Some Meals What They Should Be

When I was younger, I would not have considered eating gravy without adding ketchup to it and stirring it around.  Many people feel the same about fries, hot dogs, or many other traditional favorites.  Salsa is a really popular condiment today.  In our home, there are plenty of foods that we choose to highlight with tomato sauce.  It provides just the right hint of flavor.  Find something that works for you, and try adding a little to your next meal.

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

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