May 2, 2015

The Nutritious Edge to Tomato Juice

Tomatoes are a feature ingredient in many recipes making them a very versatile, locally available and affordable vegetable. Tomatoes are believed to have originated from the Andes. Mexicans are said to be the first users of tomatoes as a food. You can eat tomatoes in a variety of ways including ingesting it raw, or as a salad, a sauce or even as a juice.

Various nutritional benefits have been attributed to tomatoes. Lycopene in tomatoes is known to inhibit the development of colorectal adenomas that bring about colorectal cancer. Tomatoes have also been attributed to bringing down stress levels due to the presence of vitamin C.

Tomato juice also aids in digestion by the prevention of constipation. The fiber content in the juice also helps in breaking down LDL cholesterol. Regular drinking the juice or simply using it as a facemask can also improve the appearance of your skin. The vitamin K in tomatoes also promotes the growth of healthy and strong hair. The activation of osteocalcin by vitamin K helps strengthen bones by fortifying them with calcium. These are just but a few of these benefits.

The sweetness of your tomato juice will be dependent on the variety of tomatoes you use and how ripe they are, as some tomatoes tend to be sweeter than others. You can also mix as many varieties as you may want. Wash your tomatoes thoroughly and dice them into small cubes. Make sure that you do not use any overripe tomatoes. Put your tomatoes in a pan on medium heat and let them cook slowly. Stir regularly so that they do not stick at the bottom of the pan. Run the tomato pulp into a food mill or a tomato press to remove the skin and the seeds. Boil the juice for a few minutes then allow it to cool. You can put your juice in clean containers for preservation.