We heard the rumours. We got excited. And then it turned out better than our wildest dreams. Finally, tomato you can wear. Developed by Kagome, a well-respected food company from Japan, the Wearable Tomato project has a practical purpose that serves a need and is backed by solid health science.
Designed by Maywa Denki and just in time for the Tokyo marathon, the wearable tomato art unit is designed to deliver a whole fresh tomato to the runner on the move. Tomatoes contain nutrients that are highly beneficial in sports and exercise by protecting us from the harmful effects of free radicals.
A recent peer reviewed study HERE supports previous research showing how nutrients in tomato quench the free radicals we generate in our bodies when exercising. And the body continues to enjoy protection long after we’ve eaten them. In this case, the trick is to have them available right when you need them most and this little chap feeds them directly while you concentrate on the race.
Who needs isotonic bottles sloshing around on the go? Tomatoes also help to alleviate fatigue and at over 90% water are a tasty way to stay hydrated.
Wear yours with pride!
The Science: Consuming 150ml - a medium sized glass - of tomato juice before you start your run or trip to the gym is all that’s needed to start protecting against harmful oxidation and DNA damage caused by exercise. Tomato’s red colour, called lycopene, quenches all that free oxygen - also known as free radicals - and helps to fight fatigue.