The modern tomato plant is a ubiquitous feature of modern cuisine. Served as a condiment, topping or even centerpiece of a dish, it has become one of the most recognizable and commonly used ingredients throughout the world. As with any such common food, it is important to know what effects, both positive and negative, the common tomato has on the human body.
However, just taking a cursory glance through modern cuisine will reveal the fact that we seldom eat tomatoes on their own. Because tomatoes lack a high natural fat and salt content, our taste buds, which are designed to respond to such inputs, usually do not find raw tomatoes very appealing. Because of this, we have a propensity to cover our tomatoes and oil and salt, or use them as a base in sauces, nullifying their great health benefits.
If you are looking to enjoy the benefits of tomatoes, stick to eating them raw or pairing them with low fat foods. A great way to enjoy tomatoes is to create juices out of them. A very popular and tasty juice that would bring great health benefits would be tomato and carrot, with a pinch of Splenda for sweetness and a pinch of salt to bring out the flavours. You could also try pairing tomatoes with Basil, which is a natural companion flavour.
Tomatoes should form a part of everyone’s diet, but only if consumed in the proper manner. Next time you are cooking with tomatoes think of the reasons why they are so beneficial to the human body (low fat and salt content) and if you find yourself adding these two ingredients, you should rethink your cooking strategy. Although everything is good in moderation, raw un-adulterated tomatoes can be one of those rare exceptions to this rule.