Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tomatoe's are they really that good for you?


Tomatoe's Contain:
  • Lycopen
  • low in calories
  • Vitamin C
  • Alpha & beta carotene
  • Luten/zeaxanthin
  • Fiber
  • Phytuene & phytofluene
  • Potassium
  • B Vitamin (b, niacin, folate, thiamine, pantothentic acids
  • Chronium
  • Biotin
SideKicks of this Power Food are, red watermelon, pink grapefruit, japanese persimmons, re fleshed papaya, strawberry quava.

Tip: Try to eat at least one serving of processed tomatoes or sidekicks per day and multiple servings per week of fresh tomatoes. 

Ok, so here's the story why are Tomatoes a power food?  Many people feel certain that theres going to be bad news with good news, when they learn that the tomatoes is a power food.  Of course you like tomatoes, but in many places tomatoes are only tastey for a few months each year.  Well theres good news and more good news.  Not only do they pack a nutritional wallap, but you can enjoy their benifits all year long.  Spaghetti sauce and taco saucethat you love along with that slice of pizza and yes even ketchup and barbeque sauce of have the power of tomatoes in them.  So no matter where you live, it is easy to get more tomatoes into your diet and enjoy the powerfull benifits of this power food.

It should be noted that tomatoes are not really vegetable.  They are classified as a fruit, they are the secondary portion of a flowering plant.  However for shipping purposes the United States courts came down on the side of vegetable and so they became a vegetable. 

The power of red:
Lycopene, a memeber of the carotenoid family and a pigment that contributes to the red color of tomatoes, is a major contributor to their health promoting power.  Some researches have found thet Lycopene can be as powerful an atioxidant as beta carotene.  Lycopene is a nutrient whos time is in the spot light has come.  The attention to lycopene began int he 1980's when more and more scientist studies started to reveal, that people who ate large amounts of tomatoes were far less likely to die from all forms of cancer.  Compared to those eho ate little or no tomatoes. 

Lycopene in food:
(22 milligrams of lycopene is ideal daily amount)
Tomatoe puree (1/2 cup = 27.2 Mil.
Tomatoe juice (1 cup) =   22 mil
Tomatoe sauce (1/2 cup)= 18.5 mil
watermellon wedge = 13 mil
Ketchup (2 tablespoons) = 9.2 mil
stewed tomatoes canned (1/2 cup) = 5.1mil
tomatoe fresh (medium) = 3.2 mil
5 cherry tomatoes = 2.2 mil
1/2 pink grapefruit = 1.8 mil

Lycopene may also indirectly lower the risk of age related macular degeneration by "sparing" lutein oxidation so that lutein can be transported to the macula in its unoxidized, portective form.

Some of the most exciting studies on tomatoes is there ability to protect against cancer, especially prostate cancer. 

Tomatoe paste is a power ingredient to use in cooking.  It has the power of fresh tomatoe, but it is more concentrated.  Eating tomatoe paste will increase SPF (sun protection factor) of your skin, protecting you from damaging ultraviolet rays.  Small amounts of Tomatoe paste can enrich soups, stews, stocks.  Double the amount of tomatoe paste in any recipe for double the power!
Lycopene, which is fat soluable, needs a bit of dietary fat to transport it into the bloodstream.  So, eating a whole tomatoe out of your hand will not have the same effect as if you were to add olive oil to it.  The top ranked tomatoe based foods are all prepared with some oil. 

Here are some quick tips how to get more tomatoes into your diet:
  • Saute some cherry tomatoes with olive oil and herbs toss over spaghetti.
  • use sun dried tomatoes (no salt added) to sandwiches
  • toss a can of diced tomatoes into soups or stews
  • Sandwich with whole grain bread, avocado, sliced tomatoe with drizzle olive oil
So now we know that tomatoes are great for our skin, helps prevent cancers, and is alo good for your heart.  Starting adding this power food to your everyday diet and see how you feel.

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