Home Grown or Store Bought, Tomatoes Are Healthy
By Tom Herrin
Even though many may think otherwise, people don't have to eat home-grown foods in order to get the most out of it. It seems to have been a long-standing notion that all of the best nutrients were lost once some kind of food was processed. With tomatoes, this is not the case except that organically grown foods help to avoid many of the problems that may accompany environmental issues. Even after they are cooked into some other form, such as ketchup, the benefits remain. Tomatoes are used in meals and condiments in many homes. Looking at the significance of impact they can have on health, a little fine-tuning may be a great opportunity to improve.
They Contain Helpful Antioxidants
In recent years, there has been much said about the importance of antioxidants. They can help fight disease, both communicable and non-communicable. There is a good track record of fighting against many common illnesses as well as some cancers. Tomatoes contain a considerable amount of lycopene which is one of those more effective antioxidants against cancers of the prostate, cervix, stomach, breast, esophageal, mouth, pharynx, and rectum. That is a substantial list.
They May Help the Skin
For many years, people have used tomato juice, or some similar tomato-based products, to treat sunburn. Many likely saw this as only a fable, however, there is actually some truth to it. It can now be found in many other products such as those used for treating age-related skin conditions and even in antiperspirants. Whether or not it works, they have been often used in baths to remove unwanted odors.
They Are a Favorite for Many
My wife would eat tomatoes with every dish if she could find a way. Most of us have had them in sauces with spaghetti. They are also commonly found in meatloaf, many other pasta dishes, chili, soups, rice, and countless other dishes. Everyone has had them in salads. Just about anyone who has had a hamburger has had them on it. They are good on sandwiches or alone with perhaps a little salt. In the form of salsas, lots of people eat tomatoes with all kinds of chips or on fajitas or tacos. It can be a long list. If you want to do something to have a small impact on your health, try adding in a few more tomatoes to your meals.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.