Did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? Studies show that drinking a cup of tomato juice can boost your weight loss goals. Tomato juice can boost your health goals throughout the warmer months!
Tomatoes have the ability to help your body burn more body fat
Scientists at the China Medical University in Taiwan conducted a tomato juice study. Twenty-five healthy women between 20 to 30 years of age drank a glass of tomato juice everyday for 8 weeks and at the end of the study, the women averaged an inch off their waist lines. (1)
Another research team at the Laboratory of Molecular Function of Food in Kyoto, Japan discovered that tomatoes could effectively activate a person’s DNA to burn more body fat. The researchers say that tomatoes contain a specific unsaturated fatty acid substance called 13-oxo-ODA that can decrease the amount of neural fat and prevent metabolic syndrome, even without exercise. (2)
Organic tomatoes are the best choice
Tomatoes are one of the most popular choices to plant in a vegetable garden. The deep red color entices us to pluck directly from the vine, and its watery, tasty goodness leaves us wanting more.
To reap the optimal benefit, make sure tomatoes are grown in healthy soil, using only natural fertilizers without synthetic chemicals. In fact, a study published in the journal PLOS One proves that growing tomatoes according to organic standards dramatically elevates phenols content when compared to tomatoes grown using conventional chemicals. (3)
According to the study’s authors, “This study was conducted with the objective of testing the hypothesis that tomato fruits from organic farming accumulate more nutritional compounds, such as phenolics and vitamin C as a consequence of the stressing conditions associated with farming system.” The results showed that organic tomatoes were found to have 55% more vitamin C and 139% more total phenolic content. (3)
Eat more tomatoes!
If you are looking to lose weight or boost your lycopene content, tomatoes are a delicious route to take. While gardening this year, consider getting your hands and feet dirty because the grounding will give you an additional boost. When your tomatoes are ready to be picked, try making your own fresh tomato juice, canned tomatoes, or even freeze whole tomatoes to keep some stocked for the winter months.
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Heather Suhr is a successful deaf individual who graduated from Purdue University on a golf scholarship with a BA degree in Health and Fitness. She currently lives in Southeastern Wisconsin and stays active through running and weight lifting. She is also a certified NASM personal trainer and is passionate in helping others achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She loves cook healthy plant-based whole foods for herself and others around her.
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