Tomatoes are a rich souch of potassium and lycopene. - Photos shutterstock.com/AFP
Include these foods in your diet for health and wellness.
THERE is no such thing as a truly detoxifying food, according to Nathalie Negro, a nutritionist at French weight loss resort Thermes de Brides-les-Bains. Nonetheless, most fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium and low in sodium, which means that they have particularly effective diuretic properties. They may also be rich in antioxidants, namely in the form of pigments, which can reduce damage to cells and slow the process of cell ageing. When planning menus with a focus on health and wellness, these five foods are among those to include without hesitation.
In addition to being exceptionally rich in potassium, which accounts for around half of their total mineral count, tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, a bright red pigment and antioxidant known for helping to reduce the risk of prostate, stomach and other cancers. In addition, the acidity of tomatoes stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, which can help the rest of your meal go down easier. Although tomatoes are certainly not in season in the dead of winter, you can still enjoy their health benefits through canned puree and juice.