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Vitality and health in a passionate tone

Discover the healthy properties of red fruits and vegetables

Instinct and the palate do not deceive: a handful of cherries, a tomato juice or a slice of chicken, in short, red fruits and vegetables contain powerful substances to preserve health and youth, every month of the year they can be found reddish fruits and vegetables: raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, all, like many others, carrying a hue that reflects the presence of lycopene, a micronutrient with a powerful antioxidant and health-protective effect. Hence, fresh fruit, juices, salads or gazpachos, when part of the diet, preserve health and beauty, especially if the person who consumes them will be constantly exposed to the sun.


The ideal is that each season the diet changes depending on the seasonal products. Many of these foods that contain lycopene, a substance that has aroused great interest among researchers for its antioxidant properties, translate into a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer, in addition to slowing down and preventing aging.

“This plant pigment belongs to the carotenoid family, which also includes beta-carotenes (present in carrots). Unlike these, lycopene is not transformed into vitamin A, so at first it was not given as much importance for health. However, recent studies have revealed its virtues,” says nutritionist José Joaquín Ballesteros.

Although specialists do not speak of a recommended daily amount, they do affirm that its regular consumption (obtained through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables) is clearly beneficial for health.


Following a diet rich in lycopene helps:

• Fight free radicals, which cause cellular aging.

• Prevent different types of cancer, such as prostate cancer.

• Control cholesterol.

• Protect against cardiovascular diseases.

• Have an extra protection screen against sun exposure and tobacco smoke.


Although lycopene-based supplements have appeared on the market, it would be enough to follow the Mediterranean diet to obtain the necessary amounts to obtain benefits for our health (despite its virtues, its lack does not negatively affect the body as it is not an essential nutrient) . Nutritionist José Joaquín Ballesteros points out that fruits such as strawberries, cherries or strawberries provide good doses of this substance, but it is tomatoes and their derivatives that contain the greatest amount of lycopene. “The redder and riper the tomatoes are, the higher their content of this substance.”

Continuing with the Mediterranean diet, olive oil is one of the best lycopene supplements, since being a fat-soluble pigment, when accompanied by oil it is better assimilated by the body. Curiously, heat also benefits this substance, so fried tomato and even the reviled ketchup They contain a higher concentration of lycopene. On the market there are also packaged gazpachos, refrigerated juices and other products made with tomato concentrate that provide significant amounts of this micronutrient.


Breakfast: 1 red tea sweetened with brown sugar, a bowl of red fruits (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) with oats and low-fat yogurt.

Food: Salmon with boiled egg and chopped ham, 1 ham toast, olive oil and natural tomato, 1 handful of cherries.

Price: Tomato soup, beet salad with mozzarella or tuna and 1 slice of chuck.

Between hours: Any whole or blended red fruit without added sugar.

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