You can use tomatoes in more ways than one. Its low in calories, rich in taste, and is nutritious as a snack. It is believed that vegetables contain more nutrition when they are raw, rather than cooked. And even better if you could have tomatoes both in raw, as well as juice form! When it comes to salads there are few traditionally great options like cucumbers, onions, olives, and tomatoes. Without tomatoes, you'll probably be at a loss of both color and taste.
Although, cooking does have its benefits. Some veggies like red kidney beans contain natural toxins. If not cooked properly, they can lead to serious conditions like diarrhea and vomiting! Boiling them for twenty minutes renders the toxins harmless and makes this nutritious food safe to eat. Butter beans or lima beans similarly contain cyanide that would be dangerous if eaten raw, is destroyed after they are cooked. Potatoes also would be indigestible if eaten raw, while some such as like broccoli appear to lose some of their bitterness when cooked. Tomatoes do not have this problem, and hence can be consumed raw with equal enthusiasm.
Cooking carrots or tomatoes helps to release chemicals called carotenoids and lycopenes, so the body can absorb them more easily. These antioxidants have been shown to be good for our health. Study has shown that drinking tomato juice daily can ward off early-onset Alzheimer, and even some types of cancer. Diced tomatoes add color and taste to food. Salsa is delicious with diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, peppers and cilantro, mixed together with cumin and fresh lime juice. Eaten with tacos, it is a delightful and cholesterol-free dip for family and friends.
You can't even imagine a pizza without tomatoes, or even pasta for that matter! Add them to spaghetti sauce, canned soups, chili, stews, or casseroles for a touch of homemade goodness because you made the best spaghetti sauce ever! Marinate their fresh slices with red onion rings in an Italian salad dressing, and serve as a refreshing alternative to a tossed green or fruit salad.
Stuff whole tomato cups with your favorite meat or seafood, for an attractive and delicious luncheon entrée. Chopped tomatoes, added to any stir-fry combination during the last minute of cooking, lend both color and flavor. Another interesting feature is that tomatoes can actually make one feel better when depressed. Its uric acid combined with salt sprinkled on a freshly cut tomato, makes you feel great instantly, and peps up your mood!
If you are the first to jump on the bandwagon for new diets, then you can trust a tomato to help you see through the times that you thought you would binge. Just like fashion, diets come and go, and you have to pick the one that lasts. What's more, tomato juices can liven up your mood. Research has shown that people who are used to eating heavy meals, and are trying to lose weight become rather irritable. But now, thanks to tomatoes, you're sure not to be a character that's least liked by people around you. Be it soup, salad, or even juice, the red color of the tomato entices one and all, and its color peps you up in more ways than one!