Tomatoes

tomatoesEat lots of tomatoes, any way you can! Because this fruit that acts like a veggie is superloaded with health benefits.

Here’s why you should always have some tomatoes in your kitchen:

  • They contain all four major carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene), each great on its own and all great together – their synergy provides benefits as well. Of all, lycopene is thought to have the highest antioxidant activity.
  • They also contain vitamins E and C.
  • They’re rich in potassium, a mineral most of us don’t get enough of.

Tips & tricks to maximize the health properties:

  • Eaten with healthy fats like avocados or olive oil can increase the absorption of carotenoid phytochemicals by 2 to 15 times!
  • Don’t peel them! The peel has a high concentration of the carotenoids found in tomatoes and may enhance the absorption in the body. The peel also contains most of the flavonols.

Good to know!

  • Studies have shown that lycopene may help reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.
  • Studies have also shown that the synergy between tomatoes and broccoli may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
  • The lycopene found in tomatoes has been found to lower the risk for stroke in men.
Recipes with tomatoes

Recipes with tomatoes

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