Vitamins and Nutrients in the Simple Tomato
talk tomatoes and vitamins.
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
top of these nutrients, tomatoes are one of the most delicious,
and most versatile of all foods.
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.
their rich color that makes tomatoes so valuable to a healthy diet.
substance responsible for the red coloration of tomatoes is known
scientifically as lycopene.
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.
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.
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.
are healthy when eaten raw, but they are also one of those rare
foods whose nutritional value is actually enhanced by the cooking
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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