Tomato sauce does wonders when it comes to adding tangy flavor to foods. Whether it be the enhancing flavor of a plate of spaghetti or a slice of pizza, tomato sauce goes pretty well with almost everything.
Other than providing taste to food this sauce also has many health benefits. A cup of tomato sauce contains a quarter of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and fulfills half of your daily need for vitamin C.
Tomatoes are also naturally rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Depending on how it’s prepared, tomato sauce also provides
fiber. Below are some of its most beneficial properties-
#1. It reduces risk of prostate cancer
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant, which cut the cancer risk. Diets rich in beta-carotene also have known to play a protective role against prostate cancer.
Eating tomato sauce two or more times a week reduces a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by around 20 percent, according to a 2002 American study of 47,000 men.
#2. A good diet for diabetics
Studies shows consuming tomato sauce lessens sugar levels in Type 1 Diabetes, improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels in Type 2 diabetes.
#3. Boosts Cardiac health
Tomato is rich in potassium & as you may know, lowering sodium intake and increasing potassium intake helps for better control of Hypertension.
The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in tomatoes all support heart health.
#4. It increases sperm count
Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color, could also boost male fertility.
Researchers found the antioxidant could increase sperm count by up to 70 percent, increase swimming speed and reduce the number of abnormal sperm.
#5. It cuts cholesterol
Some Finnish scientists found that ketchup could cut low-density lipoprotein, aka ‘bad cholesterol’.
As per 2007 study, people who added ketchup to their three daily meals, saw their total cholesterol levels drop by six per cent over six weeks and their low-density lipoprotein levels drop by 13 per cent.
#6. Better pregnancy
Tomatoes contains folic acid which is essential for pregnant Women to protect against neural tube defects in infants.
So, consuming tomato sauce can be a good deal for pregnant ladies!
#7. Prevents Depression
The folic acid content in the tomato fights against Depression.
#8. Helps improve your eyesight
As well as being high in vitamin C and low in fat, ketchup contains vitamin A, which is key for a healthy immune system and, perhaps crucially, good vision.
#9. It makes actually healthy food bearable to eat
Let’s be honest here – despite the health benefits above, ketchup is also packed with sugar and salt, so it’s possibly not the best thing for a serious health kick.
Tomato growers have also argued that people would need to eat a whole bottle of the sauce a day to see many of these benefits.
#10. Enhanced skin repair
#11. Prevents constipation
Tomatoes are high in water and fibers,which gives you better hydration,
regular bowel movements. Fibers helps in minimizing the constipation and also increase bulk of stool.
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