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Tomato: Everything you need to know about this star salad ingredient

This fruit is a favorite of spring and summer salads. (©yanadjan-adobestock)

We invite you to take a look at this fruitin a botanical sense eaten like a vegetable. The tomato is rich in beta-carotene, which gives us a healthy glow, potassium, magnesium and lycopene (the pigment that colors it). Antioxidant Champion. And regardless of its red, yellow, green, black or orange color, it is rich in fiber and water.

Tomatoes are very low in calories fruit for weight loss par excellence. Another well-being asset, its fibers mainly present in grains and peels. Sun-ripened fleshy tomatoes are eaten freshly picked, sliced, drizzled with olive oil, herring blossom and a few basil leaves. This is definitely how she is best.

Widespread in the Cretan diet, it is known for its cardiovascular benefits.

A few downsides…

Note, however, that tomato acid, raw. This can wake up unpleasant stomach pains. She can also irritate the fragile intestines. In this case, for better portability, it is enoughremove seeds and skins you will only eat the pulp. Nutritionist Jean-Michel Cohen also advises eating boiled tomatoes, the lycopene is more active when they are heated.

Tomato allergies are rare, but they do exist. This fruit can cause hives. Most often this is a cross-allergy. Allergens are similar to grass or birch pollen.

Tomatoes for every taste and every color.(©kaliantye-adobestock)

In the kitchen

Tomatoes have more than just friends in the kitchen… Don’t pair them with crabs, shrimp or salmon, the pigments in those foods will compete and break down the lycopene.

Do not store tomatoes in the refrigerator they will lose their flavor and may become mealy.

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Buy or grow

To begin! Grow tomatoes in your garden (1 m² is enough) or on your balcony. Variety of colors and varieties. Between cocktail cherries and beef heart, the choice is extremely wide.

On the market, avoid overly round tomatoestoo bright, too well calibrated, choose them organic or in the field, they will only taste better.


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