Tomatoes, we all know that they are light, rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. But in concrete terms, what can all this bring us from a “health” point of view? Chefs tells us everything, and reveals 10 unsuspected health benefits of tomatoes.
Tomatoes, an anti-cancer food
Tomatoes are very rich in lycopene, a compound that gives them their red colour and, according to many studies, helps prevent the appearance of certain cancers such as breast, prostate, stomach and colon cancer.
The tomato gives you a good heart
Recent studies have shown that people who regularly put tomatoes on their menus are likely to have their bad cholesterol (LDL) levels lowered thanks to its components; frequent consumption of tomatoes also reduces the risk of stroke in individuals.
The tomato to stay young
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene, all of which have strong antioxidant properties. It is therefore a perfect fruit to fight against free radicals, compounds responsible for the premature ageing of our cells….
Tomatoes to stimulate transit
Yes, thanks to its high fibre content, tomatoes are ideal for gently reviving lazy intestinal transit and helping us to regain a flat stomach. But be careful: to get the most out of the tomato’s fibres, we don’t forget to eat it with the skin on, without peeling it.
Tomato for a healthy glow effect
Even if it does not have the orange colour of carrot, tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a pigment that promotes the creation of melanin and is ideal to give us a pretty tanned complexion without having to go through the “sun” box!
Tomatoes to protect our skin
In summer, to avoid turning red like a tomato when exposed to the sun, don’t forget to stock up on tomatoes on our plates before going on holiday! Indeed, lycopene is a pigment created by tomatoes to protect them from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and it has the same effect on us! Perfect to keep an apricot complexion all summer long, and preserve our solar capital at the same time….
The tomato to keep the line
In summer, when it has reached its peak season, you should not hesitate to use and abuse tomatoes at mealtimes: with barely 18 calories per 100 grams and a water content of about 95%, it is an ultra-light, ultra-digestible and ultra-hydrating food that should not be ignored!
Tomatoes for high blood pressure
Thanks to its richness in vitamins A, C and E, but also in calcium, potassium and lycopene, tomatoes prevent bad cholesterol from attaching to the walls of blood vessels, which leads to their hypertrophy and an increase in blood pressure.
Tomatoes to fight diabetes
Because of its richness in lycopene (again!) and chromium (a trace element very important in the glucose metabolization process), tomatoes could improve blood glucose control and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
The tomato, an anti-acne weapon
The last health benefit that can be recognized in tomatoes? The lycopene (always him!) it contains is a substance that has been proven to be very effective in fighting acne and small pimples that sometimes get stuck on our faces. But be careful: to enjoy it, you must consume products derived from tomatoes (juice, ketchup, etc.).