Make The Tomato The Star Of Your Food Dream Team
If you want to build a "Dream Team" of foods, the tomato should be the quarterback. Here's why.Playlist
- First: Tomatoes are good for your skin. In one study, people
who ate just 2 ounces of tomato paste a day had a 33% increase in skin
protection against U-V rays. Thatís because tomatoes are the best source of a
powerful antioxidant called lycopene which increases the skinís natural
resistance to sunlight.
- The second reason tomatoes belong on your plate: They protect
against 3 major killers: cancer, stroke and heart disease. Again, we can thank
lycopene. The American Cancer Society reports that people with high levels of
lycopene in their blood have lower rates of prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
And studies show that lycopene improves blood flow, especially in tiny
capillaries, which is why regular tomato eaters have 25% fewer heart
attacks, and are almost 60% less likely to have a stroke. But you canít
rely on supplements, you need to eat the real thing. In studies that compared
tomato-based foods to vitamin supplements, the supplements didnít offer the
- And the last reason tomatoes should be on your nutritional ďdream teamĒ: They help you sleep. Tomatoes are a natural source of the sleep hormone melatonin. Plus, theyíre loaded with vitamin C. And a University of Pennsylvania study found that people who consumed the most vitamin C had an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep at night.