Why We Should Eat Tomatoes?
You probably already heard the surprising news that tomato is a fruit, it is seed-bearing and it develops from the ovary of flowering plants. Vegetables are technically part of the roots, stems or leaves. However, even though they are not vegetables, tomatoes just like zucchini and cucumber are nutrition-wise categorized as vegetables.
If tomatoes are not part of your daily diet, they most defiantly should be. Here is why? Tomatoes are packed with vitamins. They can protect your heart health since they contain an antioxidant called lycopene which is also responsible for its red color. Studies show that it is healthier and more effective to eat tomatoes and tomato products than to take lycopene supplements. A higher level of lycopene in your bloodstream is linked to lower death rates even for people with metabolic syndrome such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Lycopene is also very good for your vision. Tomatoes also contain beta-carotene and lutein which also support vision and protect the eyes.
Furthermore, tomatoes can boost your digestive health. Only one tomato contains 6 ounces of fluid and about 1.5 grams of fiber which can help your digestive system. Furthermore, tomatoes can be used as a protective food for people dealing with type 2 diabetes. People who supplemented their diet with cooked tomatoes for 30 days experienced a significant decrease in lipid peroxidation which also leads to lower risk of heart disease. This is especially important since diabetes increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
In addition, tomatoes help you have better skin. The combination of tomato paste and olive oil can protect your skin from sun damage and boost your production of pro-collagen that gives structure to your skin and keeps your skin youthful and young. Again, scientists believe that lycopene is the key.
Why We Should Eat Mangos?
The mango is often known as the king of fruits and there is a reason for it. It is hard to find something that is so delicious but still healthy for you. Although, mangoes are high in sugar, where one cup of mango contains around 25 grams of carbs and approximately 100 calories.
Mango is packed with a dozen types of polyphenols. Mangos have compounds of antioxidant activity that can shield cells from DNA damage which can lead to degenerative diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cancer. In a research done on animals, mango antioxidants can suppress the growth of breast cancer cells.
Also, eating mango regularly can boost your immune system since one cup of mango has a quarter of the daily target of vitamin A which is crucial for your immune system, including the production of white blood cells. Not having enough vitamin A in your system can lead to greater susceptibility to various infections.
Mangoes are also great for your skin and your hair health. Again, the main factor is vitamin A which is key for the development of multiple tissues including skin, sebaceous glands, and hair. One cup of mango will give you 75% of the daily minimum vitamin C which is very much needed to produce collagen, a tissue that gives your skin elasticity and it helps prevent sagging and wrinkles.
Why We Should Eat Ginger?
Ginger can be added to almost anything you eat or drink. Ginger root has long been thought to be not only delicious but super healthy as well. The health benefits of ginger are being recognized in the Western culture in the past few decades. Nutritionally, ginger is a star among spices. In one cup of a freshly chopped ginger root, you will find 80 calories, 18 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein and fiber. Certified yoga instructor and owner of Keri Gans Nutrition said:
“Ginger is used in such small amounts and is so low in calories that it doesn’t even offer high quantities of calories, carbs, or sugar.”
Also, each bite of ginger contains minerals and vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin C.
Ginger can quell nausea, reduce gas, bloat, and constipation. Furthermore, ginger can fight infections, fight inflammation and protect you against colon cancer.
Also, if you want to lose weight you should include more ginger in your diet. Ginger can help you feel more satisfied with lower-calorie foods.
Drinking a hot ginger beverage after eating a meal can make you feel fuller for longer.