Tomato: How it highly benefits our health
The tomato, which is actually a fruit and not a vegetable, is liked by many.
Tomatoes can be consumed and cooked in many interesting ways. At the same time, they offer plenty nutritious substances that are very beneficiary for our health. We could even say that the tomato is an armory of beneficiary elements. It gets its red color from the lycopene it contains. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant substance that benefits the human body greatly.
What are the main nutritious substances of the tomato?
1. Vitamin C
2. Vitamin A3
7. An average sized tomato contains about 25 calories, 1 gr of protein, 4 gr of sugar, 1 gr of fiber
When a tomato is grilled or cooked in foods, it releases more lycopene
The decay of its cellular membranes during cooking allows the human digestive system to absorb more lycopene. That remains true for the products of processed tomatoes, such as ketchup, tomato juice, pulp or sauce.
Lycopene has been proven by many researches to contribute in the prevention of many diseases. Epidemiological research has shown that the consumption of tomato is related to the prevention of many cancers, such as prostate, breast, ovary, mouth and intestinal cancer. Other research has shown that lycopene is also related to the prevention of heart or vein conditions, to a better lung health and to the prevention of blindness for the elderly, due to the macula lutea.
The consumption of tomatoes has also been linked with the prevention of high blood pressure, obesity and constipation.