Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tomato juice is a post workout energy drink !

         Drinking energy drink after workout is usual, there are many variety of energy drinks products available in the market, there is wonderful natural drink which can be made easily at home, it’s nothing but tomato juice, many new studies are proving that tomato juice is very beneficial if taken post workout.
         Workout is not only for athletes, it is very important for each and every person to do some workouts at home or in gym, to provide post workout energy to body, i mean to make relaxation of muscles after tightening it, to make better circulation again to the normal range tomato juice is the better choice.
         The study done in Greece with fifteen bodybuilders shown that tomato juice is provider of instant energy. Also this study proven that glucose level in body gets normalized immediately after drinking tomato juice for post workout athletes.
          The organic compound “lycopene” which presents in tomato gives red color to it, All kind of Red colored fruits is very good for health, tomato is rich in many vitamins also it helps to prevent cancer and many diseases, Some bad hormones are resisting muscle growth and brain growth, when those hormones are secreted much  in body tomato is capable of reduce the level of those hormones to normal range, Various studies are proving that tomato is a good anti-oxidant thus reducing free radical in the body.

Is it good to add tomato juice in daily regular diet?
         Yes it is good, It is an easily available, affordable, natural and nutritional fruit. We can use tomatoes in many ways according to our choices, we can use raw tomato as vegetables while making food, make fried tomato chips, tomato soup which can be made easily at home or available in ready made packaged form in market, also can make as juice and drink.
        The tomato is now grown and eaten around the world, it is used in diverse ways, including raw in salads, and processed into ketchup or tomato soup. Unripe green tomatoes can also be breaded and fried, used to make salsa, or pickled. Tomato juice is sold as a drink, and is used in cocktails such as the Bloody Mary. Tomatoes are acidic, making them especially easy ot preserve in home canning whole, in pieces as tomato sauce or paste. The fruit is  also preserved by drying, often in the sun, and sold either in bags or in jars with oil.
        Tomatoes are used extensively in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines. They are a key ingredient in Pizza, and are commonly used in pasta sauces. They are also used Gazpacho (Spanish cuisine).

Nutritional Value per 100 g Raw tomato

Energy                     -            74 KJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates         -            3.9 g
Sugars                     -            2.6 g
dietary Fiber            -            1.2 g
Fat                           -           0.2 g
Protein                     -            0.9g
Water                      -            94.5 g
Vitamin A equiv.       -           42 µg (5%)
Vitamin C                 -           14 mg(17%)
Vitamin E                  -          0.54 mg (4%)
Potassium                 -           237 mg (5%)
Source: USDA Nutrients Database

        Tomato contain the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. In some studies, lycopene, especially in cooked tomatoes, has been found to help prevent prostate cancer, but other research contradicts this claim. Lycopened has also been shown to improve skin’s ability to protect against UV rays.

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