What tomatoes can do for you
‘Mange des tomates, mon amour’. Keep this French song in mind this summer, because it’s the time of the season for indulging tomatoes. Big or small, raw or cooked, sweet or sweeter: tomatoes taste great, add color to your dishes and are one of the most humble and healthy superfoods you know.
- You can eat tomatoes all day long, from English breakfast in bed till after-party snack on the beach. Salsa, bruschetta, sauce, soup, sandwiches, salads: the sunny sky is the limit!
- Tomatoes are low in fat and calories and high in fiber. Perfect to fill you up when hunger hits, without feeling guilty in your teeny weenie bikini.
- Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, an important nutrient in the fight against cancer. Eating tomatoes cooked – in tomato soup, pasta sauce or even ketchup – increases the amount of carcinogen-fighting carotenoids your body is able to absorb. So don’t hesitate to order yet another plate of spaghetti Bolognese on your trip through Italy.
- Lycopene also seems to act as a natural sunscreen. Eating tomatoes by the kilo could help to protect your skin from harsh UV rays.
- Laid out in the sun for too long? Soothe that painful burn by rubbing on a cool blend of tomato and yoghurt. Tomato cools the skin while yoghurt provides a protein boost to make the skin soft and supple.
- Regular swimming in the pool has changed the color of your hair? Apply pure tomato juice and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water, wash with shampoo and conditioner, and stains will disappear.
- Store tomatoes away from direct sunlight, at room temperature. Chilling tomatoes in the fridge mutes their flavor and texture. If temperatures are really booming, be smart: lay those beauties outside on the table and make sun-dried tomatoes!
Keep this song in mind all summer long: ‘Mange des tomates mon amour’