Why You Seriously Need to Start Cooking With Tomatoes Already
August 3, 2017
No matter how you slice ‘em, tomatoes are essential in many-a-recipe. And there’s good reason for that. Even outside of them being so delicious, those plumping rounds of mmmm’s are housed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients – and can prove to be beneficial if you’re looking for a vibrant, healthy life.
And since you’re visiting this page, we’re assuming you are indeed looking to obtain that healthy lifestyle, and ultimately pass it off to your kids. In which case, good for you!
OK, what makes tomatoes so healthy?
SO MANY REASONS.
First off, carotenoids. Tomatoes contain all four major carotenoids: lutein, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene – all of which help to boost health benefits.
And before you ask, “OMG WHAT IS A CAROTENOID I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS,” relax… we’re here to help:
“Any of a group of red and yellow pigments, chemically similar to carotene, contained in animal fat and some plants.”
So, why are they so good for us? For one, they’re huge in reducing the risk of disease. And we’re not talking your smaller, OTC remedy diseases. We’re talking various forms of cancer and eye diseases.
The same can be said for tomatoes, which again, contain all four major carotenoids. These lovely sometimes fruits/sometimes vegetables (seriously, there’s still a whole debate about it) are key in preventing both prostate and pancreatic cancer. And if you’re looking for a fancy state on that, take a looksee: For the latter, a study done by the University of Montreal linked lycopene (found largely in tomatoes) with the reduction of the risk of cancer by a whopping 31%.
How’s that for a reason to start cooking them tomatoes, eh?
Alright, let’s get a little less serious: Outside of its ability to squash diseases – even managing diabetes – tomatoes are also good for a number of things that’ll make your head roll (not literally). Things like countering the effects of cigarette smoke, keeping your skin healthy, preventing UTIs, lowering hypertension and so much more.
OMG I MUST START GIVING MY KIDS TOMATOES RIGHT NOW!
Hold up. Here at First Spoons we still recommend NOT giving your kids tomatoes before eight to ten months of age.
Introducing tomatoes early in a child’s life can allow them to develop a taste for the rich nutrients, vitamins and minerals the fruit (we’re taking a stance!) has to offer – a taste that can make a heavy impact on how they eat throughout the years.
So… get cookin’!