We all are familiar with the good old saying, 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'. Let's make a small change to this century old advice: Have a tomato a day and keep your doctor from earning his bread, at least your heart doctor.
Recent studies suggest that tomatoes help to reduce the risk of heart disease and some type of cancers.Tomatoes contain three high-energy antioxidants: beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E.
This fruit also contains major carotenoids like lutein and lycopene, which is believed to have the highest antioxidant activity, and gives the deep red color to the tomatoes. Lycopene has been found to reduce cholesterol and protect the heart; they are good for bone health also. Lycopene pills are available, but eating tomato is a better choice.
The red fruit is a rich source of potassium, folate and thiamin. Daily consumption of tomato can reduce hypertension due to a good amount of potassium. A study conducted by Journal of American Medical Association shows that daily consumption of tomatoes reduces type 2 diabetes.
There are a number of ways we can include tomatoes in our diet. But before using, wash them thoroughly in cold running water. Add tomatoes to salad, juice, smoothie, soup and chutney. Here is an easy and tasty recipe with tomato as the main ingredient.
Tomato - Coconut Stir Fry
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Wash 4 tomatoes in cold running water. Cut into small pieces.
Chop onion (3/4 cup) and 3 green chilli.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil and pop 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed.
Saute onion and green chilli in oil until onion is soft. Add a sprig of curry leaves.
Add 1/4 cup grated coconut into it and cook for 1 minute.
Then add the chopped tomato into it. Cook on high flame for 2 to 3 minutes or until the water evaporates. Stir only occasionally or the tomatoes will be mashed.
Your healthy tomato curry is ready.
So grab some juicy, delicious tomatoes and start cooking. It's for your health after all.