The tomato – a vegetable healthier than you think


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Tomato broth is a semifluid food, obtained by boiling mashed tomatoes. We are used to peeling and seeding the tomatoes. However, the red skin of the tomato contains the highest amount of lycopene, an antioxidant and anticarcinogenic caretenoid that helps especially to prevent prostate cancer. It is worth noting that by cooking tomatoes lycopene is not inactivated, on the contrary, it becomes more bioavailable, more biologically active.

The fresh tomato contains a lot of minerals, it is rich in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, dieteray minerals, zinc, vitamin C, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, retinol, folic acid, vitamin E; it also has a low caloric density of 18 kcal for 100 grams.

The delicious taste of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes is due to the glutamic acid, increased by adding salt. Tomatoes also have a laxative and diuretic action. Tomatoes can be boiled (there is no need to peel them) and prepare the tomato broth which is a recommended ingredient used for seasoning foods.

Dried tomatoes preserved in olive oil may be used in any season to prepare more or less sophisticated kinds of food. Dried  tomatoes can also be used for bruschetti,  pizza, pasta etc.

How do tomatoes help us?

Cooked tomatoes – rather than raw tomatoes or tomato juice – have a protective effect against prostate cancer. If you add olive oil, it stimulates the intake of lycopene and increases its chemopreventive activity.

Heart diseases can be prevented by eating as many tomato based dishes as possible; moreover, the calorie intake will be diminished.

It was found that the tomato and the tomato sauce contain substances that help the blood flow, prevent blood clots and thus myocardial infarction and stroke.

Good quality tomato juice that has no additives is also recommended when travelling by plane, when the tendency of blood coagulation and clot formation increases. The flavonoids in the tomato have anti-coagulant effects and protect against strokes.

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What you need to know about organic food


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With the widespread use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, industrial systems for intensive growth of plants and animals, genetically modified organisms, food additives, artificial flavorings and environmental pollution, consumer’s health has become critical.

The current need when it comes to obtaining food is to use fewer chemicals, minimal processing and as many biologically active natural compounds as possible. Because the human body is permanently confronting with aggressions of all kinds, it must be sustained and defended by eating less polluted foods with high nutritious and biological potential.

A food product can be labeled as organic or biological only if it was produced under the strict monitoring of an independent certifier. The certifier will follow the food product throughout the production chain, starting with soil quality, water and air quality, synthetic chemicals are not to be used (fertilizers, pesticides, and hormones); genetically modified organisms and hybrid breeds are also not allowed.

Finally, the organic product will have two labels on the package, namely: the first is OA – organic agriculture that belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and the second label belongs to the certifier. After we are sure that the food product is organic, we have to take into account that it must obey the nutritional rules to be truly wholesome.

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Diet for cellulite prevention and treatment



From the very beginning we must say that there is no universal anti-cellulite diet and that in fact it’s not about any diet, but rather a custom made anti-cellulite lifestyle.

Your skin, buttocks and thighs are soft, fluffy, cotton- like due to the damage of the deep subcutaneous fat tissue, which is under the epidermis and dermis. This tissue is composed mainly of connective fibers that surround the groups of fat cells organized in the shape of a cluster, forming fat panicles.

With no exercising, the subcutaneous tissue does not burn excess fat and does not eliminate water. So, more and more water, fat and toxins are accumulated, triggering an inflammatory process; adipocytes grow and deform until the skin becomes flaccid, with no elasticity – thus, cellulite signs appear.
On the other hand, with age the ability of the collagen to regenerate decreases (collagen provides elasticity and youthful skin aspect). And that’s the way cellulite will get worse!

Bye bye sweets!

Refined foods with high glycemic index and high glycemic loads that are eaten in excess provide a large amount of rapidly absorbed carbohydrates, which are partly transformed into energy and glycogen. Excess sugar is converted into fat that grows in the fatty tissue.

Industrial or domestic refined foods are poor in nutrients, micronutrients and non-nutrients, consequently modifying the quality and quantity of essential connective tissue that brings forth the architecture and supple skin.

Sedentary lifestyle makes things worse, as it prevents toxin elimination and liquid draining. Faulty breathing and its effects of hypoxia, oxygenation and detoxification only makes things worse.

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