What are the benefits of eating broccoli and tomatoes?

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Like him broccoli As the tomato They are two foods widely known for their multiple benefits. which contain for the Health. So much so that it is more than advisable to include them in the weekly diet, even more so if there are children at home.

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Perhaps broccoli will have a little more resistance due to the smell it gives off once cooked and its very particular flavour, but you should know that the powerful virtues it offers for the body place it on the podium of the so-called “superfoods”.

He Broccoli is a vegetable from the Brassicaceae family. It is related to vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and various smooth or curly cabbages, including cabbage or Brussels sprouts. The tomato, for its part, is a fruit that belongs to the Solanaceae family, although it is commonly consumed and considered a vegetable in the kitchen. Here, the benefits of eating broccoli and tomatoes.

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What are the benefits of eating broccoli

Talking about broccoli means talking about a food with a lot few calories, very satiating (due to the high content of vegetable proteins and fibre), with preventive power against heart diseases and pathologies and with exceptional nutritional values.

Its consumption supplies the body vitamins (C, E, K B1, B2, B3 and B6, but above all a large amount of provitamin A, mainly in the form of beta-carotene), and minerals such as calcium, potassium, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium and iron.

It also contains important antioxidants such as vitamin C, which together with beta-carotene, selenium and various phytochemical compounds, help protect the body’s cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Broccoli is a food with very few calories.  Unsplash photoBroccoli is a food with very few calories. Unsplash photo

Thanks to its high vitamin C content and other antioxidants, broccoli can strengthen the immune system, helping the body fight diseases and infections. So much so that some studies suggest that phytochemical compounds present in broccoli, such as isothiocyanates and sulforaphanes, may have anti-tumor properties and help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon, breast, and prostate cancer.

Another point of great importance is that regular consumption of broccoli can help maintain heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, since, as mentioned, it is low in calories and fat, and rich in fibre, potassium and antioxidants.

Finally, the fiber present in Broccoli can promote digestive health by maintaining the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and preventing constipation and intestinal inflammation.

Tomato and broccoli are superfoods that should be present in every weekly menu.  Photo: Pexels.Tomato and broccoli are superfoods that should be present in every weekly menu. Photo: Pexels.

When preparing it, it is recommended to wash the broccoli before consuming it with cold water directly under the tap and not to immerse it, as this could cause it to lose some of its nutrients. It can be consumed, raw or cooked, and the best way to cook it is to steam it for 3 to 4 minutes or boil it for the same time. If overcooked, broccoli becomes very dark and loses many of its nutrients, especially vitamin C.

What are the benefits of eating tomatoes

In Argentina the most common thing is to go to the greengrocer and find tomatoes perita, the round one, the cherry tomatoes cherry and maybe some other varieties, like the yellow ones, but not much more. Despite this, the truth is that there are approximately 10,000 varieties of tomatoes that differ in size, shape and color. All equally good for your health.

It is consumed as a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit and is so easy to obtain and eat that perhaps many underestimate the great nutritional power it contains. For example, an 80 gram serving of tomato contains approx 5% potassium that an adult needs per day. In addition, it contains vitamins B1, B6 and folic acid which protect the nervous system (the brain and neurons that control the body’s functions).

Knowing all the benefits that tomatoes offer the body begins to fall in love with them.

Thanks to its content of vitamins A, C and E, tomatoes help prevent tissue degeneration.  Photo: iStock.Thanks to its content of vitamins A, C and E, tomatoes help prevent tissue degeneration. Photo: iStock.
  • High antioxidant content. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene and other phenolic compounds. These antioxidants help fight oxidative stress in the body, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and premature aging.
  • Cardiovascular health. Regular consumption of tomatoes has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The lycopene in tomatoes helps reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood and improve blood vessel function, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Health for the skin. The lycopene in tomatoes can help protect the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet radiation and free radicals, reducing the risk of sunburn and premature skin aging.
  • Eye health. Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. Lycopene has also been associated with reducing the risk of age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
  • Reduce the risk of cancer. Several studies have suggested that regular consumption of tomatoes may be associated with a lower risk of certain types of cancer, including prostate, lung and stomach cancer. Lycopene and other compounds found in tomatoes have anticancer properties and can help prevent the formation of cancer cells.
  • Digestive health. If you consume them with the peel, seeds and pulp, they are a good source of fibre, essential for the health of the digestive system. Fiber helps intestinal regularity and can reduce the risk of digestive diseases such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

Keep in mind: it is important to choose tomatoes with smooth skin, without bumps and that do not have yellow or green parts near the stem as all these are signs of poor storage.

Tomatoes contain magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium, which help maintain heart, brain and bone health.  Photo: Unsplash.Tomatoes contain magnesium, phosphorus, iron and potassium, which help maintain heart, brain and bone health. Photo: Unsplash.

In short, for those looking to maintain a good health and optimal physical condition There are many reasons to start eating broccoli and tomatoes.

Source: Clarin

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