We cannot talk enough about the health properties of tomatoes.
You hear the word tomatoes and you think lycopene, anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, healthier when cooked, cancer prevention health...These thoughts are correct; but did you know that they are strong allergy triggers for many? Did you know that tomatoes are thought to be a food that should be avoided by arthritis suffers? Did you know that tomatoes, tomato paste and sauces cause many to get heart burn or stomach aches? Did you also know that many sauces, pastas and so forth are loaded with sodium?
An elimination diet removing tomatoes helped to ease arthritis pain.
A study was performed using an elimination diet removing foods considered members of the "nightshade" family which include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, tobacco and peppers. Many arthritis sufferers who altered their diets by removing these foods reported reduced arthritis pain. - pages 18, 19 in Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies by Mark Bricklin.
Tomatoes are acidic and contain salicylates.
If you are allergic to aspirin, you may also be allergic to tomatoes as they are high in salicylates. The acid can cause mouth or stomach irritation, hives, asthma, headaches and some even death.
Tomatoes help us maintain our proper weight.
If you can safely eat tomatoes, blend tomato puree with your favorite spices and garlic to add to you diet and help protect you from cancer and help keep calories in check. Tomatoes are super packed with nutrients. Add slices of tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh basil, pepper and a splash of olive oil to have a low fat heart healthy side dish. Take fresh grown tomatoes and create your own sauces. Eat them fresh and raw, or stew them.
Tomatoes are excellent in aiding in our fight to maintain our weight as they add savory flavor to many dishes while not increasing our cholesterol as compared to buttery or creamy sauces. When desiring creamy sauces substitute low fat yogurt, cream cheese, part-skim mozzarella, Swiss cheese or low fat cottage cheese.
Tomatoes help heal wounds and repel bugs.
Tomatoes have been used in a poultice on cuts to aid in healing and pain subsided quicker and the healing began faster. In parts of France tomato leaves have been gathered and placed in strategic places in the home to successfully ward of flies, mosquitoes and spiders.
Beta-carotene is contained in your deeply colored vegetables; such as red tomatoes, yellow squash, orange carrots deep green broccoli. Beta-carotene soaks up free radicals so are major cancer-prevention foods. Just one half cup a week of tomatoes or tomato sauces has been shown to significantly lower the risk of cancer. Add whole-wheat pasta (which contains vitamin E) and further improve your odds.
Cooking tomatoes cause the cells to burst releasing more lycopene than found in raw tomatoes.
Food Smart Savory Strategies to Defy Disease by Susan G. Berg and the Editors of Prevention
Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies by Mark Bricklin
The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals by Mary Dan Eades, M.D.
The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies by Selene Yeager and the editors of Prevention
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