Five Unexpected Effects of Consuming Tomato Juice

America loves tomatoes (yes, they are still nutritionally considered vegetables, not fruits). According to the FDA, tomatoes are one of the 20 most consumed raw vegetables in the U.S. Tomatoes can be eaten fresh from the grocery store or farmer's market, canned, sun-dried, frozen, or juiced.

Many of us suffer from gastrointestinal issues, including acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when stomach contents make their way into your esophagus, namely because of a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

1. YOU COULD EXPERIENCE MORE HEARTBURN.

This causes indigestion or heartburn. In fact, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder, with a prevalence between about 18.1% and 27.8% among Americans. GERD includes frequent episodes of acid reflux.

1. YOU COULD EXPERIENCE MORE HEARTBURN.

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is important for immune health and other body functions. Vitamin C strengthens capillary walls and blood vessels, increases iron absorption, and heals cuts and wounds.

2. You will increase vitamin C intake.

Most vegetable juices are salty, including tomato juice. Salt acts as a preservative and improves product quality, but it's also a cheap way to boost flavour. A national or store brand eight-ounce glass of tomato juice has about 630 milligrammes of sodium.

3. You will likely surpass sodium recommendations.

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is important for immune health and other body functions. Vitamin C strengthens capillary walls and blood vessels, increases iron absorption, and heals cuts and wounds.

4. You will get a serving of vegetables.

According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer. In their lifetime, 12.6% of men will develop prostate cancer. Antioxidant "lycopene" is found in red and pink fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, guava, grapefruit, and watermelon.

5. You may improve prostate health.

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