Eating Tomatoes Help You Lose Weight and Prevent Cancers

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While tomatoes have many health benefits, some people only use them to decorate their plates instead of using them as a main food in cooking. According to nutrition experts, tomatoes either provide essential nutrients or help you prevent some dangerous diseases. They are a kind of food that you should add to your daily meals.

1. Be rich in nutrients

Apart from high contents of water and fiber, there are 12 mg calcium, 275 mg potassium, 26 mg phosphorus, 1.4 mg iron, 2 g beta-carotene and 13 g vitamin C in 100 g tomato. These compounds are vital for your body’s development and help the metabolic process work more smoothly. Beta-carotene contributes to reproduce cells and vitamin C can increase your body’s resistance power.

2. Help to lose weight

Tomatoes are a good food for those who want to lose weight. They contain lots of water, which makes people who want to shed fat feel full and reduce their appetite. Additionally, with a high level of fiber, tomatoes are kept in the stomach longer, making you feel less hungry and absorbing less calories from other foods.

Besides, in the absorption process to the body, when moved to the colon, the amount of fiber in tomatoes will absorb water, creating a mucous membrane that prevent the absorption of cholesterol and fat in the body. This benefits those who have high levels of cholesterol and blood fat.

3. Prevent cancers

Tomatoes are very rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps eliminate free radicals (that damage tissues in the body) and inhibit the development of cancer cells. Many studies in the world proved that a high content of lycopene in the blood can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Moreover, lycopene can protect skin from sunlight. It can fight UV rays and slow the skin’s aging process.

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This article was published on 2013/07/27