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What do you know about the everyday tomato?

  1. What do you know about the tomato? The tomatoes that you put in your salad, are mashed on a pizza or are delicious on a crispy piece of toast. Why are they healthy? And how did the tomato actually get to the Netherlands? The tomato is extremely versatile and something most eat every week. It is therefore also one of the most widely grown products. Time to learn a little more about it. In this article you will learn a little more about the everyday tomato.

  2. What do you know about the tomato? The tomatoes that you put in your salad, are mashed on a pizza or are delicious on a crispy piece of toast. Why are they healthy? And how did the tomato actually get to the Netherlands? The tomato is extremely versatile and something most people eat every week. It is therefore also one of the most widely grown products. Time to learn a little more about it. In this article you will learn a little more about the everyday tomato.

Eat a tomato? Are you crazy

  1. Tomatoes were not always so nice round and red. They used to have all kinds of shapes and were many times smaller. They were originally grown in the art regions of Peru, Ecuador and Chile. A Spaniard discovered them there and took them as a place of interest.

  1. The tomato was not immediately a foodstuff. The tomato was seen as an ornamental plant and eating it would be bad and even poisonous. In Italy she called the tomato the apple of love. The red fruits are said to be aphrodisiac. The church therefore labeled the tomato as devils.

  1. In 1731, a Scottish botanist established that you could safely eat tomatoes. It then took a while before everyone was convinced of this. In France, the tomato was an exciting new vegetable in the 18th century.

  2. In 1731, a Scottish botanist established that tomatoes were safe to eat. It then took a while before everyone was convinced of this. In France, the tomato was an exciting new vegetable in the 18th century.

  1. From 1800 we also started to eat and cultivate tomatoes in the Netherlands. At first only by the poorer people. But the tomato already looked like the version we know now: red and round.

  1. In 1893, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the tomato is a vegetable. From a botanical point of view, however, the tomato is a fruit. So this is where the discussion comes from â € Is it fruit or vegetables? Â € ™.

  1. Tomatoes are fruit vegetables. Fruits that we eat as vegetables. Just like the cucumber and bell pepper. It is best to keep these types of vegetables in a cool, dark place. Not in the refrigerator.

5 health benefits of the tomato

  1. If we eat tomatoes so much in the Netherlands, shouldn't there be advantages? And that's right. Tomatoes are very healthy.

  1. Lypocene is the name of the coloring agent that colors tomatoes red. The redder the tomato, the more Lipocene. At the same time it is also an antioxidant. This Lipocene is good for, among other things:

  1. Tomatoes contain quite a bit of vitamin C. Good for the immune system. So by eating tomatoes you, perhaps unconsciously, get your daily portion of vitamin C. Provided you eat it fresh. One tomato can contain up to 20% of the daily amount of vitamin C.

  1. When you heat tomatoes, a large part of the vitamin C is lost. On the other hand, the body absorbs the lipocene better. Tomato sauce and ketchup are also high in the Lipocene.

  1. Tomatoes also contain beta-carotene. This is a colorant as an antioxidant. Your body converts it into vitamin A. Among other things, it is good for the health of your lungs, your brain and it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  1. 100 grams of raw tomato contains 246 milligrams of potassium. The body absorbs about 90% of this in the small intestine. You urinate too much. And if you have too little, you urinate less. It ensures a good fluid balance and blood pressure.

  1. The remedy for constipation: moisture and fibers. The simple tomato contains both. Per 100 grams an average of about 1.3 grams of fiber according to the Dutch nutrient database. And a tomato consists of no less than 94% water.

Healthy, but in moderation

  1. After all those benefits, it is time for a disadvantage. It is not recommended to eat unlimited tomatoes. The tomato plant belongs to the nightshade plant family. Potatoes, peppers and aubergines also belong to this family.

  1. The tomato plant contains lectins. These protect the plant against intruders from the outside, so that the plant is not eaten. Some people are sensitive to these lectins. They can suffer from stomach pain, flatulence and even nausea.

  1. If you often have a stomach ache, check whether you just happened to eat tomatoes. Do you love tomatoes? Then remove the seeds and peel, this will reduce the amount of lectins. Lectins are otherwise not harmful.

Is a green tomato unhealthy?

  1. Tomatoes also contain a toxin called tomatine. Not in all tomatoes. Only in unripe, green tomatoes. If you consume too much of it, you can get fever, diarrhea and headaches. It is therefore better to only eat beautiful red / ripe tomatoes. The tomatine does not disappear during baking or cooking.



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