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Tomato to take care of the skin and prevent degenerative and cardiovascular diseases

Nutritional properties and benefits of tomato.  The tomato is the fruit of the tomato plant, a plant that belongs to the Solanaceae family like other vegetables such as aubergine , potato and peppers . Although today you can find tomatoes throughout the year, if we want to enjoy its best flavor and take advantage of the nutritional properties of tomato, its best time is summer as it is a characteristic fruit of the season at this time of year.

Although botanically the tomato is a fruit, the tomato is consumed as a vegetable when eating it and preparing it in cooking recipes : in salads, fillings, in soups, to make sauces, jam, in gazpacho, salmorejo, porras, etc. And although there are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes , the most common are the pear tomato, the raf, the cherry tomatoes, the kumato, branch tomato or beef heart.

In this article we tell you about the nutritional value of tomatoes, their properties and the health benefits of their regular consumption .

Nutritional value of tomatoes

This fruit is 94% made up of water. The rest of its components in order of greater presence are carbohydrates, fiber and vegetable protein.

Of the tomatoes we highlight their content in vitamins A (beta carotenes), B9, C, E and niacin or B3 and in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, magnesium and iodine.

Tomato is a very low calorie fruit, it only provides about 19 kcal per 100 grams.

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Properties and benefits of tomato consumption

TOMATO BENEFITS * This fruit is an excellent source of antioxidants that protect our body from the attacks of free radicals and delay aging.

* Tomato helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration and helps to take care of eyesight.

* The phytosterols in tomatoes participate in the reduction of cholesterol levels in the blood (lipid-lowering).

* Tomato has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action.

* Improves the functioning of our defenses against pathogens.

* The antiplatelet effect of tomato can contribute to the reduction of atherothrombotic accidents, such as stroke.

* Tomatoes contribute to a better absorption of iron due to its vitamin C content.

* Protects our DNA from oxidative stress

* By including tomato in our regular diet, we will be taking care of our skin from the inside and helping it stay healthy.

* Tomatoes have lycopene , a type of carotenoid with antioxidant action that helps prevent chronic diseases, reduce the risks of different types of cancer (prostate, lung, breast and pancreas) and cardiovascular diseases.

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