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Tomato Juice Recipe and Health Benefits

This easy tomato juice recipe is even tastier with a splash of Tabasco sauce, or a small pinch of cayenne pepper.

Easy Tomato Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 medium juicy tomatoes
  • Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

How To Make

  1. Wash the tomatoes.
  2. Cut to fit your juicer.
  3. Juice and serve.

When making the above recipe I passed the tomato pulp through my Samson juicer a couple of times to extract all the tasty juice.

Tomatoes are nearly 95% water, and can be blended to make raw Gazpacho soup.

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are actually fruits, but being low in sugar they are usually eaten like vegetables. Ripe red tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and the anti-oxidant lycopene.

Some of the health benefits of tomatoes:

  • Many studies have shown they inhibit cancer cells, and are effective against a wide range of cancers. These include breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer.
  • Good for the circulation.
  • Thin the blood, preventing dangerous blood clots.
  • Blood purifying.
  • Liver cleansing.
  • Help fight gallstones.
  • Reduce cholesterol.
  • Protect the skin from sunburn, and premature aging.

Tip: For maximum health benefits choose tomatoes that are the deepest red. The deeper the red, the greater the amounts of lycopene and beta-carotene (carotenoids). Plus organic tomatoes may contain 3 times more lycopene so buy or grow organic if you can!

Carotenoids are fat-soluble - so eat tomatoes with avocadoes, nuts, seeds, or olive oil to maximize their health benefits.

Caution: If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritus then tomatoes may make it worse.

Tomato Nutrition

Tomatoes belong to the solanum family, as do potatoes, aubergines and deadly nightshade. Early varieties of tomatoes where high in solamine which is known to be poisonous, but (hopefully!) our modern tasty tomatoes have been bred to be safe to eat.

Vitamins

High in Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

Minerals

Rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.

Amino Acids

While tomato juice is mostly water and carbohydrate it also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).

Calories

  • 100g of tomato has 18 calories.
  • A cup of cherry tomatoes (150g) has approximately 27 calories.
  • A medium tomato 2.5" diameter (6 cm diameter) has approximately 22 calories.

If you'd like more raw tomato nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw red tomatoes" into the search box.

What Shall I Juice Today?

Creating your own fresh juice is fun, and I recommend you begin by following a recipe. This way the juice is more likely to taste delicious, and you'll want to keep on juicing:)

For lots of recipe ideas check out "The Juice Suggester - Juice Recipe Software". This handy tool gives you recipes for whatever fruit and vegetables you've got around the house, and you can print out the list to take shopping too!

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