Tomatoes are some of the most powerful superfoods out there. Tomatoes are one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Although always beneficial, you can get the highest absorption of nutrients when consumed raw.
That’s because when cooking above 118°F (or about 47.7°C), the heat can begin to destroy essential enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients we would otherwise get if we were eating raw.
How to Get Your Tomatoes In
Eating tomatoes raw doesn’t mean that they have to be a sliced tomato in a salad, or tomato sauce for your pasta – though both options are delicous!
Choosing to eat raw can mean you make tomato soups like this one or a gazpacho. You can try a raw, organic tomato juice that’s exploding with flavor. Other fun options include pico de gallo, tortilla soup, or dehydrated tomato-flavored kale chips.
But what’s the hype about tomatoes?
Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and help flush out our lymphatic system of built-up toxins.
The Vitamin C contained in tomatoes help boost the body’s natural immunity. The Vitamin C also means it’s an anti-viral and anti-bacterial fruit that helps cleanse and purify the blood.
The Lycopene in tomatoes is another antioxidant – that helps flush free radicals from the red blood cells, promoting a healthier you.
Tomatoes are known to boost and revitalize essential organs and glands, including the thyroid, liver, spleen, and kidneys.
Not a Fan of Going Raw?
That’s ok, too! You can always have your tomatoes in a curry, paella, or even sabji. You can add them to a pot of steamed vegetables and season with Himalayan Salt. You can load them onto your pizza, in the sauce and in the toppings, for a big tomato feast.
Experiment! There are many ways to enjoy this beautiful fruit. What is your favorite tomato dish? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,
Katy, The Detox Gal