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Are Sauces a Part of Your Life?

By Tom Herrin

In today's world, it seems that everyone has some favorite condiments.  It is one of those things that they eat on what seems like everything and do so abundantly.  Some may be fads while others are really a part of daily life.  One of the most popular may be some kind of salsa.  It appears to show up with dips, on tacos or fajitas, or with almost anything and everything.  It is not all bad because it is made from a healthy food.  A tomato is one of those foods that can provide some good things for health, and the really good news is that it doesn't matter so much whether it is raw or cooked, it still will have most of its beneficial properties.

They May Help Protect Against Smoking-Related Issues

There is no way around that fact that smoking is bad for your health.  It is fortunate that many more people are much better educated about it and have avoided taking up the habit.  For those who are still hooked on it, tomatoes do have some properties that may help to guard your health a little bit.  Coumaric acid and chlorogenic both help to fight against nitrosamines.  These are the main cancer-causing elements in cigarettes.  Vitamin A and lycopene found in tomatoes also are believed to help. 

They May Help with Blood Pressure

Tomatoes are high in potassium.  It has been known to help improve the flexibility of the blood vessels.  This can mean that they will expand under pressure.  This can be an effective way to help blood pressure to remain at a better level.  Eating some every day may be an easy way to give a little boost to overall health.

They Can Go With Almost Anything

As previously mentioned, we consume lots of tomato products.  If it is not salsa, most of us eat ketchup on plenty of foods.  It is good on hot dogs, fries, fish sticks, meatloaf, and just about everything.  We enjoy crushed tomatoes with sausage and noodles.  It is used in most kinds of spaghetti sauces.  Fresh tomatoes are found in salads.  They are always good on burgers and sandwiches.  They are good fresh with a dash of salt.  If you are looking for an easy way to do a little bit of good for your health, eat more tomatoes.

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

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