Tomato Nutrition

Discover tomato nutrition information. Juicing tomatoes offers many great health benefits.

Ripe, juicy tomatoes are a great way to add vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and enzymes to your diet, especially when eaten raw. What better way to enjoy raw tomatoes than as a fresh, healthy juice

Juicing tomatoes confers many great health benefits. Take the antioxidant compound lycopene. Your body doesn’t produce it. You need to get it through your diet. Just like deep red watermelon, tomatoes—even those with orange and yellow flesh—are an excellent source of this anti-cancer nutrient. (Lycopene can also reduce blood pressure and improve circulation, by the way, and it has recently been found to correlate to bone health.)

Tomatoes also provide the nine essential amino acids (essential means that aren’t produced by the body). Consider juicing tomatoes with guava, tangerines, oranges or nectarines, which have a complementary amino acid profile complementary.

It’s also been shown that fresh tomatoes help lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. Their potassium and B vitamins help lower blood pressure. Several phytonutrients have been discovered that protect your cardiovascular health, including a glycoside called esculeoside A, a flavonoid called chalconaringenin, and a fatty-acid molecule called 9-oxo-octadecadienoic acid.

Tomatoes are also good sources of vitamins C, A, K, B6, B3 and B1, potassium, manganese, folate, copper and magnesium. Their chromium content will help keep your blood sugar under control.

If you smoke, used to smoke, or spend time around smokers, be glad for tomato’s chlorogenic and coumaric acids. These can help fight against the effects of some of the carcinogens found in cigarette smoke.

If you don’t normally like tomatoes (some people don’t!), juicing a tomato with other strong-tasting fruits is a perfect way to “hide” it into your diet. If you do like tomatoes, don’t limit yourself to the small selection of grocery-store varieties. Hit up your farmer’s market and farm stands, or consider growing some heirloom varieties yourself. Tomato plants do just fine on a sunny balcony or patio.

Tomato juice cocktails can lean toward the sweet or the savory. One favorite is gazpacho juice, which combines tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumber, celery, red onion, jalapeno, garlic and a handful of greens—maybe spinach or parsley or kale. A splash of Worcestershire sauce or red wine vinegar is a nice touch (as is, I suppose, a splash of vodka…). Or try tomato, basil, parsley and bell pepper for “pizza night.”

On the sweet side, you can juice tomatoes and oranges with a small lemon and half an inch of ginger, or tomatoes, a beet and a lemon.

So why wait—get to the farmer’s market today to pick up a bag or two of this healthy fruit. May all your tomato juice concoctions be delicious and filling….

Take a look here for some great Tomato Juice recipes

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