Question: How many tomatoes one can have if he has both High blood pressure and borderline sugar levels?
Answer: Tomatoes are low calorie foods packed with loads of nutrients. They supply an array of vitamins, mineral and anti-oxidants. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, carotene, vitamin K, niacin, folic acid, and dietary fiber. And what’s more, the number of calories provided by the vegetable is practically negligible. A 100 gram serving of cooked tomatoes provides you with about 32 calories and 2 grams of fiber.
Being hypertensive and having borderline glucose levels, you can have large servings of tomatoes, up to 5 to 6 a day.
Tomatoes are good for you. Importantly, being a rich source of dietary fiber, tomatoes will prevent your blood sugar from escalating, since, fiber help to keep diabetes in check. Eating tomatoes raw or in the form of juice or soup is recommended.
The lycopene content has shown to be very effective against a wide range of disorders. Recent research says, lycopene in tomatoes helps lower the risk of developing cardio-vascular disorders (like atherosclerosis or thickening of the arterial walls, angina, stroke, etc) and cataract.
Health Benefits Of Eating Tomatoes
- A liberal consumption of tomatoes helps to improve skin texture and color. This is attributed to the presence of anti-oxidants which remove dead cells and heal the damaged cells. Local application of raw tomato slice on the face for twenty minutes and a subsequent rinse off with lukewarm water is an effective solution towards handling acne.
- Tomatoes have a good blood purifying effect.
- Tomatoes reduce congestion of liver and protect it against cirrhosis. They are also known to dissolve gallstones.
- Nicotinic acid in tomatoes prevents heart disorders by reducing the levels of blood cholesterol.
- A glass to tomato juice, with low sodium content, is known to work positively towards enhancing male sexual potency.
- Tomatoes act as natural antiseptic and protect against various infections.
- Tomatoes contain Vitamin K, which is vital in controlling bleeding and prevents hemorrhages.
- New research studies are indicating that tomatoes have a potential effect against the prevention of cancer. Tomato contains two powerful compounds namely ‘chlorogenic acid’ and ‘coumaric acid’, which are believed to block the effects of nitrosamines (which have strong carcinogenic properties).
Nutritional Value Of Tomatoes
Every 100 grams of tomato contains 1000 I.U of vitamin A, 23 mg of vitamin C, 11 mg of calcium, 6 mg of iron, 0.06 mg of thiamine, 27 mg of phosphorus, 360 mg of potassium, 1 gram of proteins and 20 calories.
Tomatoes also provide up to 40% of daily value of Vitamin C, 15% of daily value of Vitamin A, 8% of daily value of potassium and 7% to 10% of recommended dietary allowance of iron.
Good quality tomatoes are well formed, plump, fully colored, firm and free from bruise marks. Tomato that is puffy or showing bruise marks should be avoided. This indicates that they are of inferior flavor and will cause extra waste during preparation due to increase water content.
Unlike other foods, tomatoes don’t lose their nutritive value in high heat processing. Further, lycopene and beta-carotene are located in the cell wall of the skin of tomato and hence cooking or processing them helps in fully release these healing compounds.