The lovely and precious tomato
Tomato is the absolute protagonist of the Greek diet, since it offers delicious flavor and colour that characterises our cuisine.
Its presence is dominant in summer tables in all its versions. Ripe, sun-dried or as tomato sauce. It is present in salads, pasta, pizzas, meat or fish dishes.
It is low in calories, since a tomato has about 22 calories but it’s rich in beneficial properties for our body.
Tomato is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It mainly contains vitamins A, B9 and C. It is also rich in potassium and insoluble fiber and lacks fat. For example, 1 cup of tomato juice contains 534 mg of potassium.
The tomato is rich in substances with antioxidant properties which protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. Its main antioxidant is the lycopene that gives it a bright red colour.
There are so many benefits of tomato such as the effects on the cardiovascular, digestive and immune system, tissues and vision. A scientific research has shown that it has anticancer properties especially in prostate cancer.
The old varieties of Greek tomatoes were much more rich in beneficial ingredients, more delicious and with a characteristic nostalgic aroma…
Do you know that when you combine it with olive you get a super food?
The result of long-term scientific research published in the Free Radical Biology and Medicine journal has shown that olive oil increases the antioxidant effect of tomato lycopene.
Did you think tomato has a leading part in the Mediterranean diet for nothing?…