Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Go Tomatoes!!

Here’s some good news for tomato lovers…tomatoes help in shedding excess weight & staying trim.

According to a research done at Reading University (UK), tomatoes act as a natural appetite suppressant, making it easier to resist the urge to snack. This could be because consuming tomatoes changes the levels of ghrelin, an appetite-regulating hormone in the body, though this is yet to be explored scientifically. Lower levels of ghrelin tend to make us feel full.

What is know about tomatoes is that they are rich in fiber, and fiber boosts satiety.

The other health benefits of tomatoes are as follows:

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant, and protect against a number of cancers such as colorectal, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.

They’re a very good source of Niacin, Vitamin B6, Potassiam & Folate, all of which help reduce the risk of heart disease & stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol & preventing damage to the walls of blood vessels.

Tomato juice is also known to be a natural anti-inflammatory & a good source of Vit K that helps maintain bone health.

More information on the nutritional properties & health benefits of tomatoes can be found here.

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