Tomatoes are very versatile: they are eaten raw or cooked, as much to refresh the summer (in a good salad) as to warm up in winter (in a good soup or a pasta sauce!) You probably love them, But did you know how good they are also good for your health?
1. For vitamins
Tomatoes have a very impressive “CV”: they are rich in vitamin A, B6, C, K, folic acid, and potassium. But that’s not all! They also contain thiamine (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), magnesium, phosphorus and copper. All of these are essential to maintaining good health.
2. For antioxidants
Tomatoes offer two sources of powerful antioxidants, which come from its beautiful red color (the more a fruit or vegetable is colored, the more there are). There is first the beta-carotene, which protects the skin from the sun’s rays (to a certain extent!) Lycopene is perhaps even better known. This antioxidant has a very interesting feature: while most of the nutritive properties decrease when cooked, it increases in the case of cooked tomatoes. In equal quantities, the cooked tomato has 3 times more lycopene than the fresh tomato! So do not hesitate to eat marinara sauce, tomato cream, pizza with lots of sauce, ratatouille, salsa and so on.
3. For the health of our bones
Some foods are particularly effective in strengthening our bones and keeping them healthy. Scientists believe that the synergy between vitamin K and calcium can increase bone mass, which is very important for fighting osteoporosis.
4. Against cancer
The cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants is an effective means of preventing many cancers, for example: prostate, cervix, mouth, throat, esophagus, pharynx, The stomach, the colon, the anus, and the ovaries. What a list, right? Just for that, it makes you want to eat them every day … These nutrients allow to fight against the free radicals, which damage the cells and can favor the development of the tumors.
5. For our eyes
Vitamin A in tomatoes can improve vision and prevent the development of night blindness. According to recent studies, eating regular tomatoes could help prevent the onset of a serious and irreversible disease, macular degeneration.