The rich redness of tomato juice alone suggests pure goodness and health benefits. This appearance of nutritional lushness is down to lycopene, which is an antioxidant found in red and orange foods. Studies suggest lycopene may help lower risk of stroke and metabolic diseases.
Unfortunately, the downfall of this juice comes about when salt is added. The bottled stuff is often salted to the max to transform the flavour. Resist the temptation to add extras (unless it is an ice cube or three) – and stick to blending tomatoes without the sodium overkill when you want a health-boost beverage.
Obviously, there are times when we do want to add extras to tomato juice. If you’re feeling like kicking up your heels, a Bloody Mary is the rock and roll version of the traditional tomato juice drink. Add a shot of vodka (or a double) to 150ml (5fl oz) of tomato juice, 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce and 4 dashes of Tabasco sauce. A dash of salt and pepper, and a generous squeeze of lemon and lime are optional.