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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