The latest diet fad that everyone is talking about is not some rare Japanese fruit or Nigerian root – it’s plain old tomato juice.
Most people may cringe at the idea of drinking tomato juice unless it is in the version of a Bloody Mary. But people have known the benefits of tomatoes and its juice for generations – it has been used for everything from the common cold to pancreatic cancer. It may also help people lose weight.
A recent study from China Medical University in Taiwan found that women who drank one nine-ounce glass of tomato juice per day for two months saw a considerable decrease in body fat and weight. The participants did nothing else to change their diets or exercise routines – they were simply told to drink the tomato juice as instructed. Some women who did not lose body fat still have improved overall health, with reductions in waist circumference and cholesterol levels. All of the women had increased lycopene levels, an antioxidant which is known to boost immune system function and reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
Researchers were excited about their findings but must now find out if tomato juice could also help men reduce body fat levels. Since this study only involved women, there will need to be further studies conducted in order to determine efficacy on males. It is possible that the chemical makeup difference of men and women could mean different results, but if the results are similar in men it could lead to a mass demand for tomato juice. Until then, you may as well enjoy a glass of the red stuff every day – just in case it does work.
Tomatoes have emerged as a potential superfood in recent years because numerous studies have suggested they may reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and even depression.They are a particularly good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that gives them their red colour.
In addition, this refreshing beverage prevents bladder, pancreas, liver and lung diseases, helps with indigestion, prevents fluid retention and improves overall health.
Tomato juice significantly reduces cough, prevents anemia, relieves rheumatic symptoms and improves the blood count. Furthermore, it is great for your skin and a radiant complexion. Moreover, tomato contains potassium, calcium, vegetable proteins and carbohydrates as well as the essential vitamin C.
It is also a great natural remedy for muscle spasms because it’s is rich in magnesium – 11mg per 100 grams. So, if you had a strenuous workout, drink some tomato juice and your muscle pain will disappear.
Method of preparation:
Remove the stems and first wash the tomatoes in cold water, and then cut and grind them.
Add the salt and sugar and let it cook, but stir frequently to prevent burning. After it boils, cook for
10 more minutes and stir all the time.
The hot, cooked tomato juice should be put into a sterilized glass bottle and closed tightly. When cooled, store the bottles in a cool place.
This homemade tomato juice will undoubtedly change the way you look and feel. Nevertheless, if you opt for buying your tomato juice, make sure it is organic, as the effects won’t be full.
– 6 kilos of tomatoes,
– two tablespoons of salt
– 4 tablespoons of sugar