EVEN if only for its antioxidant properties, consumption of tomatoes help to fight free radicals, lowering the risk of disease, improving and keeping us younger for longer! Beware though: as the tomato is redder,the quantity of beta-carotene is higher, so choose the ones ripened as possible.
Tomatoes do not help stop smoking, but can reduce the harmful effects of smoking on your body, the content of chlorogenic acid and coumaric, which helps to fight against some of the carcinogens in tobacco smoke.
The high content of potassium and vitamin B, regular consumption of tomatoes helps lower blood pressure and decrease cholesterol levels, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene. But there is a counter intuitive aspect with tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes are higher in lycopene than raw tomatoes. This includes tomato sauce and even tomato ketchup! So do not refuse a few tomato soup or tomato dishes in the oven.
This is simply because the lycopene becomes more bio-available through cooking or crushing, which is done to create tomato paste or crushed tomatoes for creating sauces. When crushed tomatoes are mixed with a fat, such as olive oil, the bio-availability is increased further.
Lycopene present in large amounts in tomatoes protects cellular DNA and neutralize the effects of free radicals, decreasing the risk of cancer, especially of the prostate, stomach and colon.
Besides the considerable amount of calcium and magnesium, tomatoes also contain a dose of vitamin K, all of which are essential for a strong and healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.
Lycopene is also considered a deterrent to prostate cancer. So enjoy your pizzas and Italian dishes guys. Just make sure you use organic tomato ketchup with whatever you put ketchup on. Hopefully on meats from humanly treated grass fed livestock and organic spuds.
Carrots contain lots of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. The World’s Healthiest Foods site refers to an earlier 10-year Netherlands study on how diet influences cardiovascular disease (CVD). That study concluded that yellow and orange foods, carrots, protected against CVD.
This time raw carrots are probably offer more bio-available carotene. Carrots are hardy, and can maintain their freshness longer than many vegetables. Sliced, diced, and used on salads is one way to enjoy them.
Then there is juicing. The Gerson therapy uses lots of fresh carrots mixed with other veggies and apples in their intense high juicing protocol. That fact alone should be enough to motivate juicing carrots with other vegetables.
Cheap and cheerful, carrots are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and also very well-loved given their flavour and texture. They’re most famous for being rich in vitamin A but are also a source of folate, vitamin C, B6, and K, as well as potassium, thiamine, fiber, and biotin; combined, these nutrients provide the human body with a host of benefits, including improve and maintain vision, helps prevent cancer, helps prevent heart disease, and improve dental health.
Regularly eating carrots can help to detoxify the blood, keeping skin clear and fresh, while the antioxidants found in carrots can help to prevent cell damage done by free radicals, slowing the effect aging has on one’s appearance. Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables to juice because of their sweet taste and relatively cheap price in the store.
These are among the most ignored foods that are highly nutritious. Just like carrots, organic sweet potatoes are relatively inexpensive. But unlike carrots, raw consumption is not practical.
There is confusion between what a sweet potato is and what a yam is. The only difference is the color of the vegetable’s “meat.” Yams are always vividly orange under their skin, while sweet potatoes can be white, off-white, yellow, and even purple.
The skin is not a vital source of nutrients with this highly beta-carotene endowed potato. It’s a good idea to skin them then slice them up into medallions. Then either boil or steam them. There should be a fat involved with consuming sweet potatoes or yams to boost beta-carotene bio-availability.
Try boiling yam then adding a generous amount of organic butter and mashing with a strong squeeze of lemon and a small dash of maple syrup. Extremely yummy and very nutritious!
Regardless of these, these nutritional tips shouldn’t be considered gender based, except for the tomato lycopene prostate cancer protection notice inserted by this author. Women will benefit from these foods’ nutrition for heart and cardiovascular health as well.