Tomatoes are very popular vegetables. In the kitchen, they can be used in many ways, and the range of uses makes them never get boring. The most valuable in terms of taste and health properties are tomatoes that have ripened in the sun, not in storage rooms. They can be recognized by their distinctive aroma at the stalk.
Tomatoes consist of more than 90% water, so they are very low in calories. An average tomato weighing about 80 g has less than 20 kcal. For this reason, they can be used in slimming diets without any remorse.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of potassium. This element participates in regulating the body’s water balance, helps to get rid of excess fluid retained in the interstitial spaces, prevents the formation of swellings and lowers blood pressure, so tomatoes should not be missing in meals of people with hypertension. Potassium also supports the heart and other muscles.
In tomatoes, we find vitamin C, E, B1, PP and β-carotene. Let’s not forget about lycopene – a very strong antioxidant, which protects cells against free radicals, slows down the ageing process, lowers cholesterol levels and protects against atherosclerosis. It is worth knowing that lycopene is best absorbed from processed tomatoes, so let’s not be afraid of their thermal treatment.
It is worth knowing that the popular tomato juice is indeed a hangover remedy due to its high potassium and vitamin C content. It replenishes electrolytes whose correct balance has been spoiled by alcohol. The potassium in tomato juice prevents arrhythmia of heart, vitamin C relieves stomach ailments and antioxidant compounds help cleanse the body of toxins.
What is a tomato diet?
The tomato diet is a low-calorie diet that provides about 1000 kcal per day. It lasts 10 days, during which you lose 1.5-2 kg. It can be repeated once a month. The diet should be based on tomatoes, which, due to their low energy content, will allow to increase the volume of meals with a very small calorie limit recommended in the menu.
It is not possible to indicate one variety of tomatoes that would be particularly recommended in a diet. On the contrary, the variety, richness of shapes and colours will help to avoid monotony in planning meals.
All of them have similar, beneficial nutritional values in the diet. Tomatoes do not have to be eaten in raw form only. We can prepare a sauce with them, or they can be grilled, baked or stewed. Preparations such as tomato juice, tomato puree and canned tomatoes can also appear on the menu. Just be sure that they do not contain sugar or salt.
Advantages and disadvantages of a tomato diet
Like any diet, the tomato diet has advantages and disadvantages, although it is quite rational. It is recommended for those who have problems with overweight and hypertension. However, the variant providing 1000 kcal per day should only be used by women leading a sedentary lifestyle, although even in this case it is a large calorie deficit.
Men who want to try a tomato diet should increase their calorie content by at least 500 kcal. This type of treatment should not be used by pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescents, people with kidney and stomach problems, because tomatoes often intensify the symptoms of hyperacidity.
Benefits of a tomato diet
- allows you to lose weight quickly, while not being monotonous
- allows for healthy foods such as groats, lean meat and fish, vegetables, fruits and vegetable oils in the diet
- based on tomatoes, it helps to fight the huge problem of overweight – excessive water retention
- helps in the fight against hypertension