They are the must have of the Mediterranean diet: tomatoes contain few calories and are rich in fundamental nutrients for our health.
We have been eating tomatoes for centuries and they are the most used food in our recipes. You can eat them raw, in a salad, or as a seasoning, as a sauce, or use them in many other different ways. This is positive, as they contain many beneficial properties for our body. Let’s find out which ones!
Tomatoes: calories and nutritional values
These vegetables are perfect in any slimming diet. They taste good, make you feel full and have very few calorie (about 17 in 100 grams). Tomatoes are mainly made of water, but it also contains a small percentage of carbohydrates, proteins and fibers.
Moreover, these vegetables are rich of many particular nutrients. They contain vitamins C, D, E and B, but also a lot of antioxidants. Tomatoes are also rich in mineral salts: potassium, iron, selenium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Thanks to these substances, they have many beneficial properties: let’s see the main ones.
Due to their water content, these vegetables are diet and fight water retention. Moreover, they are detox and help eliminating excess toxins. Tomatoes also have well known digestive properties: they stimulate the saliva and gastric juices production, thus speeding up the gastric emptying.
Tomatoes are beneficial also for your intestine, because their content of fibers helps regular movements and fights constipation. Moreover, as they have a low content of salt, they are perfect for people suffering from hypertension. The potassium they contain works as a vasodilator, thus helping reducing the pressure.
Their antioxidants, such as beta carotene, fight free radicals and cell aging, protect your sight and prevent tumors. Moreover, the mineral salts are useful to solve problems such as muscle cramps, bone problems and tiredness.
Thanks to their ability in stimulating gastric acid production, people suffering from heartburn, reflux or ulcer should not eat these vegetables. Moreover, tomatoes contain histamine and many other allergens that are often responsible of allergic reactions.
For this reason, eating too many of them can cause skin problems, such as dermatitis and itching. Instead, they can irritate the intestine mucosa and problems in absorbing nutrients. Pay also attention to nickel: tomatoes contain very high quantities of it.
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