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Are you a fan of tomato juice? These are the benefits and risks of drinking tomato juice that you should know

KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Tomatoes have a sweet, sour, and refreshing taste. Besides being eaten directly, tomatoes are processed into juice. Here are the benefits and risks of tomato juice that you should know.

Tomato juice, which is effective in helping to quench thirst when the sun is hot, has various health benefits.

Launching the SehatQ page, tomato juice contains various nutrients, from vitamins C and A to potassium. In addition, tomato juice is packed with phosphorus, sodium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and vitamin E.

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Tomato juice is also rich in lycopene (which gives tomatoes their red color), which is a powerful antioxidant. These nutrients are what make tomato juice beneficial for health.

Tomato juice to burn belly fat

The good news is that tomato juice can help us fight obesity because of its filling fiber and nutrients.

Tomato juice can stimulate the release of leptin (a hormone that provides satiety), which can prevent you from overeating or snacking.

Launching the page The Health Site, research has proven that drinking a glass of tomato juice every day helps reduce fat in the abdominal area.

This means that tomato juice is good for getting rid of a distended stomach.

In fact, we can get these benefits without changing our diet.

The research was conducted by scientists from China Medical University. To get accurate results, researchers asked 25 healthy women aged 20 to 30 years to drink a glass of tomato juice every day.

Researchers also measured the abdominal circumference of each research participant. From the results of data analysis, it was revealed that women who consumed nearly half a liter of tomato juice every day for eight weeks managed to reduce their waist circumference by 2.5 centimeters.

They also experienced a 0.5 kilogram reduction in belly fat and a 10 percent reduction in cholesterol at the same time.

Another benefit of tomato juice

Various studies have also shown that tomato juice contains potential nutrients that reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

This happens because the phytonutrients in tomato juice are also able to prevent blood clots, improve body health, and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In addition, tomato juice is also believed to neutralize homocysteine, which can damage blood vessels and interfere with heart function.

Tomatoes also contain caratenoids which help provide protection against lung cancer.

The lycopene in tomato juice also offers several chemopreventive effects, especially in prostate cancer.

Risks of consuming tomato juice

Despite the many benefits, consuming tomato juice also carries various risks. Therefore, we must consider it before regularly consuming tomato juice.

Launching SehatQ, here are some of the risks that may occur when we consume tomato juice too often:

1. Digestive problems

Tomato juice usually has a fairly sour taste. In some people, especially those with GERD, this juice may cause stomach discomfort, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea if consumed in large amounts.

Stop consuming tomato juice if you experience these symptoms.

2. Skin color changes

Tomato color is obtained from the high lycopene content. If you consume large amounts of it regularly, it can start to affect your skin pigment.

If you see an orange or red color on your skin, you should stop consuming it immediately.

3. Risk of heart disease

Some tomato juice products can have high sodium levels because they contain added salt.

This can be problematic for people who are salt sensitive, and can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease. Therefore, don’t drink it excessively.

The safe way to consume tomato juice

The benefits of tomato juice will be more effective and will not cause various side effects if we consume it without added sugar or salt.

We recommend that we prefer pure tomato juice than what has been provided in the form of packaging.

In addition, drink in moderation and don’t overdo it to avoid the risks that may arise. (Ariska Puspita Anggraini)

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