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Tuesday 08 May 2012
THE WONDERS OF THE TOMATO
08 May   by Lisa

  
Tomatoes are excellent sources of potassium and several vitamins:
folic acid
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
 
Studies show tomatoes may help to burn fat.
 
Bioflavonoids, which are concentrated in the tomato skin, may xcounteract inflammation and allergic reactions. The main compounds are quercetin and kaempferol.  A study from the  University of California-Davis found the amounts of quercitin and kaempferol to be higher in organically grown tomatoes than conventionally grown tomatoes. Compared to conventionally grown tomatoes, organic tomatoes have a higher content of vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
 
Inflammation-fighting tomatoes
 
Tomatoes are great inflammation-fighting foods. When you reduce inflammation, you can possibly make your weight loss hormones, such as leptin, work properly, allowing you to lose weight.Leptin plays an important role in appetite control, metabolism and weight loss. It is your body's natural weight control mechanism.Tomatoes also contain important anti-inflammatory nutrients called carotenoids and bioflavonoids.
 
 
Key tomato carotenoids are:
  • beta-carotene, an orange pigment also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, an important antioxidant that can help to protect against damage from sunlight. Your body also converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. The absorption of carotenoids and flavonoids from tomatoes is greater from cooked tomatoes than fresh tomatoes, since cooking breaks down the tomato cell matrix and makes the carotenoids more available.
  • lycopene, a red pigment, with demonstrated anti-cancer effects. In Western countries, 85 percent of dietary lycopene can be attributed to the consumption of tomato-based products. Addition of olive oil to diced tomatoes during cooking greatly increases the absorption of lycopene. Oil is essential for absorbing carotenoids from tomatoes in salads or salsa.
  • phytoene and phytofluene, the newest anti-cancer compounds in tomatoes
 
Information from: Leo Galland, M.D. a board-certified internist, author and internationally recognized leader in integrated medicine.
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