A fruit that’s often treated as a vegetable, the tomato in Indian food is used in most preparations, its benefits far surpassing its usage. A native to southern and central America, this fruit, which belongs to the nightshade family, is packed with nutritious values. Incidentally, when the Europeans came across it, they thought it to be a poisonous berry! We could give the Spanish credit for taking the tomato to the world – they introduced it in Europe and Philippines from where it spread to the rest of Southeast Asia.
- Good for the Skin and Hair
Given the rising levels of pollution, our skin and hair end up bearing a lot of brunt. Incorporating tomatoes in your regular diet actually helps to battle the wear and tear our skin goes through. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is also used for facial cleansers. And apart from eating them as salad, you can also peel the tomatoes, and use the skin as a mask on your face. It cleanses and refreshes your skin. And the Vitamin A in tomatoes protects your hair from external damages as well!
2. It’s Anti-Carcinogenic
The Lycopene in tomatoes is reported to control the growth of cancer cells, especially prostate, stomach, and colorectal cancer. If you cook tomatoes, the production of lycopene actually increases, so you can curry it as much as you like
3. Good for Your Bones
Did you know that tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin K and Calcium? According to United States Department of Agriculture, hundred grams of tomatoes contain 110 mg of calcium. That means your bones stay strong as long as you eat tomatoes.
4. Repairs Damages from Smoking
Kiwi is known to help our system when we quit smoking. But the coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid in tomatoes help to protect the body from the adverse effects of cigarette smoke, and that includes passive smokers as well.
5. It’s a Great Anti-Oxidant
Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And these two components help the body to get rid of harmful free radicals in our blood. However, to absorb Vitamin C into the system, the tomatoes need to be eaten raw, so bring on the salads.
Today, India is the largest producer of tomatoes. And while it comes mostly in red, the tomato is also available in different colours – including purple! Tomatoes are rich in natural vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, K, B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, and vitamin C. It also has folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, choline, zinc, and phosphorus. And how can you make the most of this fruit?Read on to find out.