- History of Tomatoes:
The tomato has been used as a cultivated food and it comes from the indigenous peoples of Mexico. Many pre-Hispanic cultures used tomatoes at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. After the Spanish encountered the tomato, they transported it to Europe.
Tomatoes are a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. They also have a lot of dietary fiber, protein, and some organic compounds like lycopene that contribute to their health benefits.
- Health Benefits of Tomatoes:
1- Protect the Heart:
The lycopene in tomatoes prevents serum lipid oxidation and this creates a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. Regular consumption of tomatoes decreases the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood; these lipids are key for cardiovascular diseases.
2- Skin Care:
Tomatoes aid in maintaining healthy teeth, bones, hair, and skin. Regular consumption protects the skin against UV-induced erythema. They are known for being anti-aging products.
3- Aid in Digestion:
Tomatoes prevent gastrointestinal issues. They have a lot of fiber, so they reduce symptoms of constipation; fiber stimulate peristaltic motion in the smooth digestive muscles and release gastric and digestive juices.