August is the season for tomatoes. They have more useful substances during this season. Therefore, if you love these berries, eat and enjoy them. Plus, you get other beneficial antioxidants that help your body stay healthy. Tomatoes are a simple daily food in many countries.
They are the main source of the antioxidant lycopene, which is indispensable for digestion as it has a healing effect. It stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and regulates appetite. Therefore, those looking to lose weight can include tomatoes in their diet.
If you want to get more out of tomatoes, you should cook them. The fact is that the amount of lycopene increases with heat treatment. You can steam the tomatoes, bake them, or put them in boiling water for one minute.
Tomatoes contain few calories and many trace elements and minerals that are beneficial to the body, for example, iron, magnesium, potassium, iodine.
Tomatoes help lower cholesterol levels and bring them back to normal. Therefore, they are essential for the functioning of the cardiovascular system.
They contain a lot of fiber, which provides satiety and stimulates the intestines. Tomatoes contain significant amounts of choline, which can help improve memory and improve your performance.
Scientists have found that lycopene prevents cancerous tumors and certain vision problems.
Contraindications to eating tomatoes:
- the inflammatory process of the stomach and intestines,
- heart problems,
- diseases of the biliary tract, since tomatoes have a pronounced choleretic effect,
- joint problems.
Japanese scientists have conducted a study on the effect of food on hypertension. They found that people who drink natural tomato juice without salt-reduced their blood pressure by 3%. Also, this indicator was stable. Thus, tomato juice helped stabilize blood pressure. The participants in the experiment noted that their general well-being improved significantly, too. According to scientists, this effect is due to the high sodium content of tomato juice.