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6 Health Benefits of Tomatoes You Must Know About

Tomatoes pack a punch with antioxidants like lycopene, reducing cancer and heart disease risk. They aid digestion, support brain health, lower diabetes risk, and boost immunity.

  • 26 Feb 2024
  • 3 min read

More than being a major ingredient in various delicious and savoury recipes, tomatoes provide a rich mixture of phytochemicals and micronutrients. One of the most abundant phytochemicals in tomatoes is lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with several health benefits. Another essential antioxidant in tomatoes is beta-carotene, which our body uses to make vitamin A. In addition to antioxidants, tomatoes are rich in micronutrients such as folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. The health benefits of tomatoes are tremendous, making this fruit an excellent addition to your daily diet.     

What are the Health Benefits of Tomatoes?

As it is packed with several micronutrients, the tomato is one of the most significant contributors to a healthy diet. More importantly, it can be enjoyed raw or cooked without losing nutritional value. Most tomato products consumed regularly, such as juice, soup, ketchup, and puree, comprise tomato in processed forms.

Below are the following health benefits of tomatoes:

  1. Reduces cancer risk

Tomatoes have shown their impact on reducing the risk of cancer. Lycopene and beta carotenoids are well-known antioxidants that reduce the damaging effect of free radicals produced during various physiological and pathological processes, thereby reducing cancer risk.

  1. Lowers heart disease risk

Tomatoes are also known to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Studies have shown that the lycopene content in this fruit can protect against heart disease. Regular tomato consumption has reduced plasma cholesterol and triglycerides and raised plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, thus helping prevent heart diseases.

  1. Reduces neuronal diseases and protects brain health

Various neuronal (neurodegenerative) diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc., are known to be associated with unhealthy diet. Studies have demonstrated that the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes has a protective effect on the brain and prevents such neuronal diseases. 

  1. Mitigates digestion-related issues

Studies have shown that tomatoes can help build a healthy gut microbiome that helps promote gut health and aid better digestion. Eating tomatoes also helps eliminate constipation, given their high fibre content. Further, this must-have culinary ingredient helps fight metabolic syndrome and related diseases. 

  1. Reduces type-2 diabetes risk

Tomatoes contain high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes.   

  1. Supports immune function

Tomatoes boost immunity, given their high vitamin C content. Besides, phytochemicals such as antioxidants play a supportive role in building good immunity. 

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A diet rich in tomatoes provides several health benefits and may protect from certain high-risk diseases. The diseases that mainly affect people at present are lifestyle-related. Managing such diseases requires adequate medical supervision, and a good health insurance policy aids in timely disease management. Besides, regular exercise and a healthy diet can easily manage lifestyle-related diseases. Tomatoes make an excellent addition to the daily diet. In addition to the health benefits of tomatoes explored above, the fruit can also be a refreshing drink after exercise, helping to recover quickly after moderate to heavy workouts. 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only. Please consult a medical or nutrition professional before making any significant changes in your daily diet. Relying on any information provided in this blog is solely at your own risk, and ICICI Lombard is not responsible for any impact or consequences resulting from the use of the information shared.     

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