The “tomato” is a vegetable widely used in dishes all around the world. There are probably many people who have tomato inadvertently in salads, soups, juice and other forms, but the fact is that tomatoes are extremely high in nutritional value and are recommended for health and beauty.
Tomatoes are vegetables that belong to the Solanaceae family (the nightshade family of plants) and are native to the highlands of the Andes.
They were introduced in Italy after the beginning of the 16th century, and are said to have spread to other areas across Europe when they started being used to make sauce for dishes that have become familiar to us, like pasta and others. At the beginning, they were thought to be poisonous and would not be eaten, and it is also said that, in America, there was once a controversy regarding whether tomatoes were actually fruits or vegetables.
The European saying “a tomato a day keeps the doctor away” illustrates how tomatoes have been widely appreciated from the past as a vegetable rich in nutrients and good for health.
The nutritional value of tomatoes and its effects.
Below is the nutritional value of tomatoes and its beneficial effects on our bodies.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin P
- Dietary fiber
1) Beautiful and fair skin effect.
Lycopene is not only effective in removing reactive oxygen that accelerates the generation of melanin, which is the cause of spots and freckles, but it is also said to have an effect hindering the action of “tyrosinase,” the enzyme necessary to create melanin. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin C, which contributes to the maintaining skin beautiful.
2) Prevention of lifestyle diseases
Lycopene is considered to have an antioxidative effect that eliminates reactive oxygen that causes lifestyle diseases, such as cancer. It is also said to be effective in preventing hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
3) Diet effect
Lycopene is considered to have an effect inhibiting the growth of adipocytes or fat cells. Also, it has been discovered that the “13-oxo-9, 11-octadecadienoic acid” that tomatoes contain has an effect in reducing the increase of fat within the blood. Furthermore, potassium is effective in helping to eliminate salt from inside the body, and is considered to prevent bloating.
Besides all of the above, research results have reported other beneficial effects such as “promoting digestion” and “decreasing the density of alcohol in the blood after alcohol intake.”
The most effective way to eat tomatoes
It is said that, in order to be able to absorb the antioxidative effect of lycopene to its maximum, it is better to “cook tomatoes with heat.” Cooking methods that use oil are especially helpful increasing the absorption rate of lycopene. This means it is better to use the tomatoes in a soup or to make pasta sauce than to just eat them raw in a salad.
Moreover, redder tomatoes are considered to contain a greater amount of lycopene, along with a higher absorption rate, so we recommend choosing the reddest tomatoes.
Different types of foods can negatively affect the health of people with food allergies. We recommend thoroughly checking the labels on food products before putting them in your mouth.
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