Tomato season came late for us this year. It’s just about now that tomatoes are reaching their full potential, so when we were at the Farmer’s Market here in our town, we scrambled for those tomatoes….and boy oh boy….those tomatoes were bursting with colour, size and flavour!
I thought today we could share some important information about tomatoes and why we should be using them, especially in the summertime.
Tomatoes are actually ‘better’ juiced with other veggies that are high in carotene. Studies show that when combined with other foods that are high in lycopene as well as carotene, the absorption and effectiveness are powerful.
How to Juice: Juice the entire tomato, as it can be very juicy. You may want to run the pulp through the juicer again to get more juice out. We usually alternate between pieces of tomatoes and greens to assure the tomatoes are not slipping through the back. (Carrots do a great job too).
First, let us say that tomatoes are technically a fruit. Not many of us like to see it this way, probably because most of us don’t think of biting into a tomato for a sweet natural treat, although we love to do it! A ripe peach in the summertime sounds more like it for most people. Even though tomatoes are considered a fruit, Jay and I don’t treat them like a fruit when considering the factor of juice combining. Tomatoes are incredibly good for us. Rich in one of the most powerful phyto-chemicals yet to be discovered: Lycopene. At the bottom of our article you can read about all the ways it helps food related diseases.
Tomatoes blend very well with the following Veggies:
*Spinach, Parsley, Kale
*Cruciferous: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brusell Sprouts
*Peppers, Cabbage, Potatoes, Celery
*Avocado (not recommended for juicing)
*Mint, Basil and other fresh herbs.
You can combine ‘any’ of these veggies with tomatoes for an excellent Juicing Tonic.
Here’s a tonic that is one of our favourites: (for 2)
2 Large, fully vine ripe Red Tomatoes
1 cup Cilantro (if you don’t like Cilantro, use Parsley, or you can do it half and half)
2 cloves Garlic (small or large, depending on how strong you would like it to be)
1/2 Lemon with peel
4 Ribs Celery
4 large leaves Basil
This tonic is ‘very’ effective for the benefit of our eyes, stomach and digestion.
Here’s another beautiful Tomato Tonic! (for 2)
3 Large: Yellow, Red and Purple (each) Tomatoes
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Orange Bell Pepper
This tonic is especially excellent for our eyes and also is high in Vitamin C.
Here’s some great information about Lycopene and Carotenoids:
Some research suggests that carotenoids actually work synergistically, and that the antioxidant activity of lycopene is enhanced by the presence of other carotenoids, specifically lutein. More studies are needed to clarify these relationships.
This is why it’s GOOD to be juicing foods that are rich in lycopene and carotenoids such as carrots.
This carotenoid found in tomatoes (and everything made from them) has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. The antioxidant function of lycopeneâ”its ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen damageâ”has been linked in human research to the protection of DNA (our genetic material) inside of white blood cells. Prevention of heart disease has been shown to be another antioxidant role played by lycopene.
Here’s the Breakdown:
37.80 calories NutrientAmountDV
Foods Ratingvitamin C 34.38 mg 57.3 27.3 excellent vitamin A 1121.40 IU 22.4 10.7 excellent vitamin K 14.22 mcg 17.8 8.5 excellent molybdenum 9.00 mcg 12.0 5.7 very good potassium 399.60 mg 11.4 5.4 very good manganese 0.19 mg 9.5 4.5 very good dietary fiber 1.98 g 7.9 3.8 very good chromium 9.00 mcg 7.5 3.6 very good vitamin B1 (thiamin) 0.11 mg 7.3 3.5 very good vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.14 mg 7.0 3.3 good folate 27.00 mcg 6.8 3.2 good copper 0.13 mg 6.5 3.1 good vitamin B3 (niacin) 1.13 mg 5.6 2.7 good vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.09 mg 5.3 2.5 good magnesium 19.80 mg 5.0 2.4 good iron 0.81 mg 4.5 2.1 good vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 0.44 mg 4.4 2.1 good phosphorus 43.20 mg 4.3 2.1 good vitamin E 0.68 mg 3.4 1.6 good tryptophan 0.01 g 3.1 1.5 good protein 1.53 g 3.1 1.5 good World’s Healthiest
Foods RatingRuleexcellent DV>=75% OR Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10% very good DV>=50% OR Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5% good DV>=25% OR Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%
Here’s the Diseases it can Help!
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Breast cancer
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cervical cancer
- Exercise-induced asthma
- Lung cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Stomach cancer