When I was growing up I have a very clear picture of me hovering around my mum in the kitchen while she sliced fresh tomatoes. She handed me a slice and I excitedly bit into it (I read too much about eating fresh tomatoes) only to spit it out and make a face.
It was sour!! 🙁
I’ve since gotten over it and now tomatoes are some of my favourite vegetables whether cooked or raw. Is it any wonder I love cooking and eating Italian food? 🙂 I particularly like plum tomatoes or cherry tomatoes – they are tart yet sweet and absolutely delicious in salads.
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants
I’m glad I love tomatoes because they are rich in antioxidants! Tomatoes contain lycopene which comes under the antioxidant carotenoids, and beta carotene. Its what gives tomatoes that lovely red colour and spagetti sauce the rich red that you pour over pasta. Carotenoids are said to have good health benefits such as reducing the risks of cancer, cardiovascular or heart disease, cataracts and muscular degeneration.
Cooked tomatoes may have better antioxidant properties
I have read that cooking tomatoes may be more beneficial than eating them raw – good news for those who do not like raw tomatoes 🙂 Men in particular benefit from eating cooked tomatoes as research has shown that it lowers the risk of prostate cancer.
Tomatoes helps your skin glow
Other than eating tomatoes, you can also put them on your face. The easiest home recipe I read was to pulp the tomato and slather it on your face, leaving it on for about 10 minutes then washing it off. Apparently it gives your skin a healthy glow. I have not yet tried it – I usually prefer to ingest my food rather than put them on my face – but I might and when I do, I’ll let you know how it goes.
I have seen Tomato being used in some skincare products too. The most recent was L’Occitane Olive and Tomato Shower Gel and in some product ranges of SkinFood.
So the next time you have pasta, opt for a tomato based sauce instead of the richer cream or cheese sauces and have raw tomato in a green garden salad. Your heart and skin will thank you for it!
Do you enjoy eating tomatoes? Do you have a good tomato sauce recipe? 🙂