A study conducted on 27,000 volunteers at Harvard University showed that the tomato lowers cholesterol. Tomato contains lycopene, a carotenoid particularly present in red vegetables and rich in antioxidant that helps prevent heart disease and prostate disorders. Lycopene with cooking becomes bioavailable up to 5 times more because the heat breaks the walls of the plant cells and make it free. So, green light for tomato-based sauces, even more if consumed with wholemeal spaghetti. It also has antioxidant properties that effectively eliminate free radicals and is able to defend the skin and hair. Its intake is fundamental for women during and after menopause because it protects the bones from osteoporosis.
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CHERRY TOMATOES PUREE
Sauce obtained from cherry tomatoes and Sicilian round tomatoes. Dedicated to those who love to personalize their sauce starting from a puree made with selected and quality raw materials
Ingredients: 70% cherry tomato, 30% tomato, salt.
Tips: Finish cooking, adding spices and seasonings to your liking. Also perfect as an aperitif to drink with a pinch of salt, oil and tabasco... and with pasta of course!
SEMI-DRY CHERRY TOMATO
Partially dried cherry tomato to preserve its natural sweetness and softness, it is enhanced by extra virgin olive oil
Ingredients: Semi-dried cherry tomato 65%, extra virgin olive oil, salt, oregano, basil, garlic, chilli pepper
Tips: as an appetizer, side dish and for garnishing cold dishes, it can be used in many recipes for first and second courses