Tomato Powder gives an additional boost to tomato based barbecue sauces, provides as a secret weapon ingredient for dry rubs, and not to mention - enriches stews and soups. But that's not all - this little ingredient packs a powerful punch and has incredible health benefits as well.
What is Tomato Powder?
Tomato powder is made from fresh sweet tomatoes that have been dehydrated with the peel and then ground into a fine red powder.1
Tomato powder is also a very versatile superfood that you can sprinkle into your tomato-based soups, stews, vegetable juices, smoothies, and other foods to give you a nutrient boost.
What are the Health Benefits of Tomato Powder?
Tomato powder retains most of the nutrients of tomatoes, which makes it a great tomato substitute for those times when you don’t have a tomato handy...or you simply don’t have the time to dice tomatoes for the dish you’re preparing.
Tomatoes are high in fiber and a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and folate (vitamin B9). They also contain a variety of plant compounds shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in numerous clinical research studies which may defend against many health conditions and diseases.2
Here are just a few of the many health benefits of tomato powder.
It May Defend Against Cancer
There has been a lot of news recently about the cancer-protective properties of tomatoes.
Cancer is an increasing risk for many people. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 1,806,590 Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis in 2020 and that 606,520 people will die from some form of cancer.3
Fortunately, tomatoes may help reduce these risks.
Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, a plant compound in tomatoes that has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer in clinical research trials.4, 5
Lycopene may not be the only cancer-protective factor in tomatoes, though. Research suggests that high concentrations of carotenoids, the red pigment that gives tomatoes its red color, may help defend against breast cancer.6
It May Protect the Heart
As heart disease is the #1 killer of adults in the U.S., many people are searching for a way to reduce their chance of heart disease.
According to multiple research studies, tomatoes may provide some protection for your heart.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and beta-carotene, two nutrients that may lower the risk of heart disease. Studies show it may also lower “bad” cholesterol, one of the risk factors for heart disease.7, 8
It May Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur together believed to increase your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. The symptoms of metabolic syndrome include elevated blood glucose levels, abnormal cholesterol levels, obesity, high blood pressure, and belly fat.9
As mentioned above, tomatoes are a rich source of beta-carotene, and studies show this plant pigment may help defend against metabolic syndrome.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that men with the highest levels of beta carotene had the lowest risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Researchers believe this effect could be due to the antioxidant properties of beta carotene.10
Tomato Powder for your Health
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1- Loosli L. How to Make Tomato Powder. Food Storage Moms. Jan 21, 2020. Accessed Jan 19, 2021. https://www.foodstoragemoms.com/tomato-powder/
2- Szalay J. Tomatoes: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts. Live Science. Apr 30, 2016. Accessed Jan 19, 2021. https://www.livescience.com/54615-tomato-nutrition.html
3- National Cancer Institute. Cancer Statistics. NIH. Updated: Sep 25, 2020. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics
4- Giovannucci E. Tomatoes, tomato-based products, lycopene, and cancer: review of the epidemiologic literature. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1999 Feb 17;91(4):317-31. doi: 10.1093/jnci/91.4.317. PMID: 10050865.
5- Giovannucci E. A review of epidemiologic studies of tomatoes, lycopene, and prostate cancer. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2002 Nov;227(10):852-9. doi: 10.1177/153537020222701003. PMID: 12424325.
6- Sato R, Helzlsouer KJ, Alberg AJ, Hoffman SC, Norkus EP, Comstock GW. Prospective study of carotenoids, tocopherols, and retinoid concentrations and the risk of breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2002 May;11(5):451-7. PMID: 12010859.
7- Karppi J, Laukkanen JA, Mäkikallio TH, Kurl S. Low serum lycopene and β-carotene increase risk of acute myocardial infarction in men. Eur J Public Health. 2012 Dec;22(6):835-40. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckr174. Epub 2011 Dec 7. PMID: 22158914.
8- Palozza P, Catalano A, Simone RE, Mele MC, Cittadini A. Effect of lycopene and tomato products on cholesterol metabolism. Ann Nutr Metab. 2012;61(2):126-34. doi: 10.1159/000342077. PMID: 22965217.
9- Mayo Clinic Staff. Metabolic Syndrome. Mayo Clinic. Mar 14, 2019. Accessed Jan 19, 2021.
10- Szalay J. Tomatoes: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts. Live Science. Apr 30, 2016. Accessed Jan 19, 2021. https://www.livescience.com/54615-tomato-nutrition.html