Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables in the United States (yes, they are still considered vegetables, not fruits). Tomatoes are one of the 20 most consumed raw veggies in the United States, along with other well-known veggies such as carrots, iceberg lettuce, potatoes, onion, and sweet corn, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fresh tomatoes can be eaten raw from the produce section of your grocery store or at a farmer’s market, canned, sun-dried, frozen as part of a pasta dish, or even juiced. Tomato juice is an easy way to get the benefits of tomato consumption because it is high in lycopene—an antioxidant present in red foods that may reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risk.
Because tomato juice is much more processed than other tomatoes and includes a wider range of substances, you may get different adverse effects from drinking it as opposed to eating fresh tomatoes. We’ll go over some surprising occurrences while consuming tomato juice on a regular basis.
1 — You could have more heartburn.
Gastrointestinal problems, including acid reflux, affect many of us. Acid reflux happens when stomach contents enter your esophagus due to a weak lower esophageal sphincter. This results in heartburn or indigestion. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is the most prevalent gastrointestinal illness in America, affecting between 18.1% and 27.8% of people. Acid reflux is a term used to describe frequent bouts of acid regurgitation. Too much fat, chocolate, alcohol, mint, caffeine, acidic foods (such as tomato juice), or spicy meals might aggravate or trigger acid reflux symptoms.
2 — You will likely go over sodium recommendations.
Vegetable juices like tomato juice, are high in salt. Salt added to food is a preservative and increases product quality yet it is also a low-cost method to improve palatability. Tomato juice from a national or store brand contains around 630 milligrams of sodium on average. Tomato juice, on the other hand, is considerably more complicated. There are a handful of lower-sodium tomato juices on the market. Most meals should contain 600 milligrams or fewer of sodium overall and most snacks 300 milligrams or fewer of salt.
3 — You may improve prostate health.
The second most frequent form of cancer in men is prostate cancer, according to data from the National Cancer Institute for 2017-2019. Prostate cancer affects about 12.6% of all males at some time throughout their lives. The carotenoid “lycopene,” which can be found in pink and red fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, grapefruit, guava, and watermelon, has been studied for its potential benefit to prostate health.
Lycopene may be linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer, according to a 2017 comprehensive analysis in Prostate Cancers and Prostatic Diseases.