The tomato has been called many things throughout history: Peruvian apple, love apple, and even “a simple vegetable.” Today, however, this beautiful fruit has become Superfood!
While not capable of leaping tall buildings, this superhero of the nutrition world is capable of some beautiful things. Some studies indicate tomatoes may help lower the risk of prostate cancer. Furthermore, it boosts the immune system, fights constipation, improves our vision, helps lower cholesterol, and has diuretic properties that help lower blood pressure and gout.
The word “lycopene” doesn’t sound appetizing, but this powerful antioxidant is the chemical responsible for the red color in tomatoes. It’s also accountable for its disease-fighting powers.
Ask an Italian what they know or think about tomatoes. Italian cuisine relies heavily on tomatoes and tomato-based products. Some studies have suggested that this excessive consumption of tomatoes by Italians leads to a decrease in digestive tract cancer.
People who eat tomatoes at least every other day have increased lung capacity. Again, research indicates the body more readily absorbs lycopene from tomatoes if processed into ketchup, sauce, and pasta.
🔴 Remember the one rule for fresh tomatoes: don’t put them in the refrigerator, which destroys flavor and nutrients.
It is unclear whether the Spanish explorers discovered the tomato in America and knew of its reputation as a “love aid.” The native peoples of South and Central America, where the plant originated, considered tomato seeds an aphrodisiac. The French name, “pomme d’amour” or “love apple,” proposes that. Since then, its consumption has been recommended for men with low libido or sexual weakness, as its vitamins and minerals contribute to the development of testosterone and, thus, supposedly increase virility. Tomatoes have a high beta-carotene content, a precursor of vitamin A, which acts on testosterone levels.
On the other hand, tomatoes are considered a magnificent blood purifier and an excellent invigorate due to their richness in vitamins and mineral salts. The tomato is rich in vitamins C and A and B, PP, and K. It has minerals: phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, and sodium.