Tomato Nutrients:

The Vitamins and Nutrients in the Simple Tomato

Let's talk tomatoes and vitamins.

Tomatoes contain as much vitamin c as many citrus fruits, with a normal sized tomato providing up to 40 percent of the recommended daily intake of this critical important nutrient.

Tomatoes also contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Potassium
  • Iron

On top of these nutrients, tomatoes are one of the most delicious, and most versatile of all foods.

From fresh tomatoes in your salad to sauce on your spaghetti strings, tomatoes are everywhere, and this makes it quite easy to enjoy their many health benefits.

It's their rich color that makes tomatoes so valuable to a healthy diet.

The substance responsible for the red coloration of tomatoes is known scientifically as lycopene.

This important compound is thought to be a strong antioxidant, with the ability to neutralize the free radicals that can cause damage to cells. These free radicals are thought to play a role in cancer, and therefore tomatoes are thought to be important in the prevention of many kinds of cancer.

Lycopene is thought to be twice as effective as many other kinds of antioxidants, and it has been shown to play a role in the prevention of such common cancers as prostate cancer, lung cancer and breast cancer.

How to choose the best tomatoes

The ripest and reddest tomatoes not only contain the highest amounts of lycopene, but they also are thought to contain the greatest amount of beta carotene, another vital nutrient.

Tomatoes are healthy when eaten raw, but they are also one of those rare foods whose nutritional value is actually enhanced by the cooking process.

The valuable lycopene is contained in the cell wall of the tomato, and therefore cooking it in a bit of healthy oil like olive oil will help to more fully release this important nutrient.

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