Monday, October 27, 2008
Tomato still grows wild in the Peruvian Andes, the land of its origin, but the small, wild tomato does not bear a great deal of resemblance to the plump, red, juicy food item that you are likely to pluck from the vegetable bin at your local supermarket.
Many of the health benefits of tomatoes are believed to be associated with the natural chemical that makes it red.
Lycopene in tomatoes causes the bright red color. Whether a person can get as much benefit from a lycopene supplement as he or she can from eating a whole tomato is a subject of some debate.
The name lycopene was taken from the botanical name of the tomato, Solanum lycopersicum. Lycopene is the most common organic pigment in the human body. It is also one of the most potent antioxidants.
Antioxidants are necessary in both humans and plants to prevent damage to the cells that can be caused by oxidative stress, which is present in many diseases including heart disease, vascular disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Today, tomato is always included in our snacks, dinners, and available on every occasion. However, many housewives failed to cook it as a tasty recipe among their delicacies.
Most housewives prepare to buy canned tomato sauce, tomato ketchup, tomato paste, tomato juice, etc. in nearby malls. Don't you know that if you know how to cook tomato well, then you may not need to use other seasonings? That's right, tomato itself is as tasty as seasoning.
"Tomato" has one of the highest "glutamic acid" contents so far. For that reason, tomato is probably considered the most widely used vegetable in cooking.
In addition, tomato is considered a medicinal food as it contains not only various nutritious elements but also unknown substances that prevent several kinds of bacterial diseases. Glutamic acid can make your brain healthy. It means your brain will have better control of your physical body in preventing bacteria, virus and other sick-producing elements that take over your body.
The Benefits of Tomato
1.A large consumption of tomato can help improve skin texture and color.
2.Tomato is a good blood purifier.
3.Tomato helps in cases of congestion of the liver (protects the liver from cirrhosis) as well as for dissolving gallstones.
4.Tomato is a natural antiseptic therefore it can help protect against infection Nicotinic acid in tomatoes can help to reduce blood cholesterol, thus helps prevent heart diseases.
5.Vitamin K in tomatoes helps to prevent hemorrhages.
Tomato contain lycopene (the red pigment in tomato), this pigment is a powerful antioxidant that can also fight cancer cells