Here's another reason to make a Bloody Mary your favourite tipple this Christmas. Drinking tomato juice on a regular basis may help keep your bones strong and healthy.
The Canadian researchers asked female volunteers to cut out tomatoes from their diet completely for a period of 30 days. That led to a dramatic increase in the level of a chemical in their blood called N-telopeptide, which is a marker of bone loss.
Then the volunteers were asked to drink tomato juice every day for four months, which subsequently helped to slash their levels of N-telopeptide. As a result, the researchers concluded that drinking tomato juice is good for your bones.
Tomato juice is a great source of antioxidants, including lycopene, as well as vitamin C, fibre and potassium, so drinking it on a regular basis may have many benefits. Lycopene, however, isn't just found in tomatoes but other red and pink-coloured fruits and vegetables too, including carrots, watermelons, papayas, pink grapefruit and red peppers.
Sounds like a delicious way to keep your bones in good shape (even with the vodka).