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Tomatoes Health Benefits and Benefits of Eating Tomato During Pregnancy

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Origin And Distribution

Tomatoes originated in South America and Central America. The name tomato is got from the Spanish word 'tomate'. The original native tomato was small and yellow coloured rather than the red coloured tomato we see today. The Spanish people were the ones who spread the tomato throughout the Americas during the Spanish colonisation, and their colonies in the Caribbean and by taking the tomato seeds with them, when they went to Europe and the Philippines, from where it spread to other Asian countries.

Tomato Plant

General Information

Tomatoes are one of the most grown garden fruits in the USA and about 7500 varieties are grown worldwide. They are plucked unripe and ripened in storage with Ethylene or without.
Tomatoes release ethylene gas naturally and hence placing a ripe tomato with the unripe ones and covering them with newspapers and putting in a box or keeping them in a paper bag, hastens the ripening process. A ripe banana or apple also releases ethylene and can be used in place of the ripe tomato.

Tomatoes are available throughout the year, fresh or preserved.

Tomatoes are best stored at room temperature although they can be stored in a fridge with some loss of taste and flavour. A big and firm tomato is the best.

Tomatoes can be consumed in a variety of ways, raw, boiled, as juice, soup, salad, ketchup etc. Because of their acidic nature, tomatoes can be canned very well.

Tomatoes have the capacity to react with aluminium and therefore should not be cooked in an aluminium vessel. The aluminium leaks into the tomatoes making it bitter and changing its colour. The vessel, too, gets discoloured.

Tomatoes should best be eaten on an empty stomach and not to eat anything an hour after this.

Tomato Pulao Recipe

Tomatoes Nutrition Facts

  • Tomato is a rich source of antioxidants Beta Carotene, Lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • Tomatoes have more vitamin A, B and C as compared to an oranges or grapes, on a weight to weight ratio.
  • The vitamins in tomato are not destroyed by heat.
  • Four tomatoes a day fulfil the body's daily requirement of vitamin A.

Best Way To Make Store And Preserve Tomato Puree For Months

Tomatoes Health Benefits

The vitamin C content removes toxins from the body. Tomatoes contain more lime than vegetables and fruits. Lime is what makes the bones and teeth strong.

Tomatoes also have a very high Iron content. In pregnancy, extra iron is needed on a daily basis and tomatoes prevent anaemia in pregnancy. It would not be out of context to mention here that a tomato has 5 times as much iron as an egg.

Drinking a glass of tomato juice increases the haemoglobin levels.

Tomatoes give strength to the liver and lungs, increase memory, reduce blood pressure, reduce obesity and prevent skin diseases.

Incorporating tomatoes into one's diet on a daily basis is not difficult at all. They can be eaten raw, used in salads, chopped or pureed to prepare a variety of dishes, made as a soup or beverage, roasted, pickled or made into a sauce and more.

Tomato Varieties

Nutrients In Tomatoes

 Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), raw, 

 

Nutrition value per 100 g.

 

 

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

 

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

18 Kcal

1%

Carbohydrates

3.9 g

3%

Protein

0.9 g

1.60%

Total Fat

0.2 g

0.70%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

1.2 g

3%

Vitamins

 

 

Folates

15 µg

4%

Niacin

0.594 mg

4%

Pyridoxine

0.080 mg

6%

Thiamin

0.037 mg

3%

Vitamin A

833 IU

28%

Vitamin C

13 mg

21.50%

Vitamin E

0.54 mg

4%

Vitamin K

7.9 µg

6.50%

Electrolytes

 

 

Sodium

5 mg

>1%

Potassium

237 mg

5%

Minerals

 

 

Calcium

10 mg

1%

Iron

0.3 mg

4%

Magnesium

11 mg

3%

Manganese

0.15 mg

6.50%

Phosphorus

24 mg

3%

Zinc

0.17 mg

1.50%

Phyto-nutrients

 

 

Carotene-ß

449 µg

--

Carotene-alpha

101 µg

--

Lutein-zeaxanthin

123 µg

--

Lycopene

2573 µg

-

 

 

 

Benefits Of Tomatoes In Disease

In Constipation

Consume 50 gms of raw tomatoes for relief.

In Improving Digestive Power

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Tomatoes give strength to the large intestine and relieves bloating and constipation. It cleans the stomach and keeps one healthy.

In Appendicitis

Sprinkle rock salt and some ginger on 100 gms red tomato before having food for benefit.

In Worms

Eat red tomatoes with some black pepper and salt sprinkled on it on empty stomach to kill worms.

In Mouth Ulcer

1. To get rid of recurring mouth ulcers, eat tomatoes as much as you can. It acts as a medicine.
2. Add water to tomato juice and swishing it in the mouth helps.

As a Tonic

Take tomato juice with honey.

In Obesity

Tomato can be helpful to those obese people who can keep a check on their food intake and can do some yoga and exercise. tomato helps in removing toxins and blocked food from the intestine.
Put lemon juice and salt on sliced ripe tomatoes and eat with onions. This helps to reduce weight over a period of time.

In Jaundice

A glass of tomato juice taken daily helps.

For Dirty Tongue

Eat 100 gms tomatoes sprinkled with rock salt for relieving this condition.

In Weakness

Tomato soup increases appetite, decreases blood shortage and removes tiredness.

In Fevers

Fever increases toxins in blood. Tomato soup removes these toxins. However, give tomato soup only in normal fever.

In Skin Diseases

Tomato is mostly sour in taste.This sourness cleans the blood. To cleanse the blood tomato should be eaten alone. Lemon too has this property. In skin problems like boils, bleeding from the gums, scurvy, blood disorders, beri beri drink tomato juice 3 to 4 times a day, for a few weeks to relieve these symptoms.

For Skin

Tomato when eaten raw, removes dryness. It removes heat too from the body and should be eaten in summer. Adding tomatoes to vegetables which are hot by nature alters their inherent hotness.

In Body Itching

To 1 tsp tomato juice add 2 tsp coconut oil and massage on the body. Then have hot bath . This relieves.

In Night Blindness

Tomato is very beneficial.

Tomatoes And Diabetes

The sourness in tomatoes reduces the sugar levels. Regular use of tomato reduces the sugar in urine.

In Growth of Children

Tomato juice aids in growth of weak and underdeveloped children.

Tomatoes And Gout

Processed tomato products are best avoided by those suffering from gout and arthritis since they contain high levels of sodium and sugar which are not good for those with BP, heart disease and diabetes.

However, processing involves using preservatives and other additives and causes an increase in acidity of the stomach leading to a reduction in uric acid excretion. This may trigger pain. In such cases, it is best to avoid processed tomatoes like sauces, soups, juices etc.

Raw tomatoes are low in sodium and high in potassium benefiting in BP and heart disease.

Tomatoes Allergies

Do not consume tomatoes if you develop, itching and swelling around the lips and mouth, rashes, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, vomiting or breathing difficulties.

This type of allergy is mostly found if raw tomatoes are consumed. However, some persons may experience allergic symptoms with processed or cooked tomatoes.

In such cases, it is best to avoid tomatoes.

Precautions

  • Do not drink water after eating a raw tomato or tomato juice. Tomatoes have an acid factor in them which cleans the stomach and drinking water dilutes this acid.
  • Do not consume tomatoes in cough as it aggravates.
  • Those suffering from stones should not consume tomatoes in any form.
  • Avoid tomatoes in Gout, Arthritis, muscle pains and in swellings.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

JAL on April 11, 2015:

since consuming tomatoes sprinkled with some salt on an empty tummy, I solve my constipation problems now.

priti bharti on September 24, 2014:

So nice info....I liked it so much .now I don't have any doubts to eat tomato in my pregnancy .....

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 28, 2012:

Thanks catmalone. Glad you enjoyed reading this.

catmalone on December 27, 2012:

Very nice hub with a lot of useful information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 20, 2012:

Hi Chris! Glad you find this hub as informative as thee one on onions. Thanks for the compliments and visit.

Chris Achilleos on December 20, 2012:

Another very informative and very useful hub rajan. I enjoyed reading this hub as much as enjoyed the one you wrote about the health benefits of onions. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 22, 2011:

Thanks for all the comments,vidhimayur and thanks for the follow.

vidhimayur on November 22, 2011:

very informative and interesting hub. Your hub shows that lot of research has gone into it. You have included almost everything one needs to know on tomatoes. so any information on tomatoes is required, i think reading your hub would suffice. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and interesting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 18, 2011:

@ injured lamb, thanks for your visit and appreciative comments.

@ khmohsin, thanks for being here and bookmarking all the health hubs. I try my best to cover most of the aspects in a hub but still miss out on many.Thanks for voting it up too.

khmohsin on November 17, 2011:

I am a health conscious person,so I book marked all your health related hubs as I have to read as these are full of information.I love Tomattos.voted up and beautiful.

Injured lamb on November 17, 2011:

Appreciate much for the way you present this useful hub of yours, simple yet detailed...thanks rajan, bless you...

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 17, 2011:

Hi marisa,

It's always a pleasure getting a feedback especially from you. Thanks for being here and am happy that this hub article was informative.

Thanks also,for voting it up with nice comments.

God bless

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Rajan! Great info here. I have always been a fan of tomatoes and I use them in a variety of recipes. It is wonderful to read and know of all of these benefits as well. Nice pictures and videos too.

As always, thank you for sharing your knowledge. Well done! :)

Voted up, useful and interesting

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 17, 2011:

@ kawaljit -Thanks for appreciating and leaving your valuable comments kawaljit. Thanks again for voting it up. I am writing the procedure for adding links in a separate mail.Hope it will make adding links clear.

@ manisha -Thanks for finding my hubs informative and voting it up. God bless you too.

manisha2877 from Amritsar, Punjab, India on November 17, 2011:

Hello Rajan g,

Thank you g for sharing such a lot of information with all of us.your hubs are not only informative but every new hub gives a new lesson a new remedy a new cure.

Hats off to you sir g,

Voted up

best wishes

may god bless you

Kawaljit kaur from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India) on November 16, 2011:

rajan jolly ji

Hi,

Add one more feather in your crown.

Awesome, Keep writing such articles. Being conscious about my health I always focus on the kind of food I eat but you always add something new in it.

Thanks, voted up. Tell me how the links are added.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 16, 2011:

@ Realhousewife, thank you so much for such fine words. I always love your fine comments and appreciation.Thank you.

@ InTuneWithCooking, nice to have a new reader.Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. And thank you again to have found my hub worthy of putting a link to it in your hub and voting it up.

InTuneWithCooking from Australia on November 16, 2011:

Some good reading there Rajan Jolly. I have put a link in my hub to this one. I thought they would go well together.

https://hubpages.com/food/5-Things-To-Do-With-Toma...

Voted up :)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on November 16, 2011:

I love the way you fill your articles with great info, pictures and recipes! Awesome - and I love tomatoes too!

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