A bowl of tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich are true tokens of childhood.
Although it may seem like an American classic, Poland, Spain, and many other countries have their own version of this refreshing soup.
By adding a few token ingredients, you can elevate this soup into a powerful disease-fighting remedy. Plus, it only takes about 15 minutes to make!
Inflammation and Chronic Disease
The major root of all disease is chronic inflammation. Of course, inflammation is part of regular immune response but eating acidic foods, being stressed out, and not exercising enough can cause inflammation to get out of control (1).
Conditions like arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and even multiple sclerosis are all linked to inflammation (2).
Luckily, inflammation can be kept under control through a few changes in your diet and lifestyle. By choosing the right foods, you can actually eat your way towards better health.
These simple ingredients are the key disease-fighting elements in the recipe below.
Turmeric is an orange root similar to ginger that has the ability to fight inflammation (3).
Its active compound, curcumin, has powerful anticancer benefits and can even stop the progression of breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, and melanoma (4).
Other medicinal uses include its ability to indigestion, ulcerative colitis, liver problems, arthritis, and improve cognitive function (6).
Heating up the spice and combining it with a healthy oil also increases its absorption rate.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that drinking 280 mL of tomato juice is associated with a 22% decrease in levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), a potent marker of inflammation, and a 25% increase in adiponectin, a hormone that regulates insulin sensitivity and energy levels (12).
The compound protects against prostate, breast, lung, bladder, ovaries, colon, and pancreatic cancer. It also plays a role in cardiovascular health and can even prevent heart disease, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
Naringenin, a compound found in tomato skin, also fights inflammation while quercetin, another flavonoid, fight free radicals and cancerous cells (13).
Tomato Soup Recipe
Make sure to use organic high-quality ingredients to fight off inflammation.
- ¾ cup fresh cherry tomatoes, rinsed and cut in halves
- 1 jar diced tomatoes (don’t drain the juice)
- ½ cup low-sodium vegetable stock
- 1 minced onion
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
- ½ tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Over medium heat, fry the onion and garlic in a medium-sized saucepan for about a minute.
- Add turmeric, cherry tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft.
- Add jarred tomato, stock, vinegar, and basil and bring to a boil.
- Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and blend until smooth.
- Season per taste.