Due to the wide accessibility of tomatoes and cucumbers, we tend to overlook the many valuable nutrients and hydrating properties that they provide. It is known that these wonders help reduce weight but the little-known facts include that they improve heart health, gut health, fight inflammation and repair damage caused by smoking too. Also, thanks to their antioxidants and polyphenols, these humble vegetables are believed to help fight a wide range of cancers. Read on to find out more about the benefits of tomato and cucumber…
-Nutritionist and Dietician Golla Sailaja
Not only raw, tomatoes, when eaten in processed form, are seen to be nutritious too. It is believed that their thermal processing augments the bioaccessible lycopene content and antioxidant activity. So those who like to pick the tomatoes out of food can now be benefitted by tomato ketchup, purees, etc.
Let us throw light on how your local tomato and cucumber can bring about a difference in your life…
Include these wonders for better digestion and gut health. How do they work? The high amounts of insoluble fibre and water help add bulk to the stools and aid it to move faster, thereby keeping the gut in good health.
The insoluble fibre also holds on to the bile, eliminates it, thereby compelling the body to make more bile using the cholesterol in the body. This, in turn, helps improve heart health and also lowers blood pressure.
Helps protect the body from carcinogens
The coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid along with many antioxidants in tomatoes and the polyphenols from cucumbers help protect the body from carcinogens produced from cigarette smoke.
Protects from age-related decline
Another reason to add cucumbers to yours as well as family’s diet. Flavanols in this vegetable help improve memory and safeguard the nerve cells from age-related decline.
Whoever thought that consuming tomatoes can lead to better bone health? Considerable amounts of calcium and vitamin K in tomatoes helps build stronger bones.
Stressed lately? Throw in cucumbers into your salad or, slice them up, sprinkle some chaat masala on it and enjoy it as a snack. This vegetable is rich in vitamin B, a nutrient that assists in relieving stress.
So, when hungry grab a cucumber and make sure you don’t remove the tomatoes in your food.
Golla Sailaja is a Research Assistant at School of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona. She is qualified with M.Sc in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition.