Tomatoes! They’re sweet, juicy, and delicious. Everyone knows they are good for you, right? Uh, yeah, sure. Does everyone know specifically why tomatoes are a healthful food? Ummm… They have vitamin C? They’re low in calories? They’re fat-free? Yes, yes, and yes, but that’s not all!
Let’s look at what makes the tomato an excellent healthy choice.
One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A. That's pretty good stats for a something 94% water.
Studies have also found the benefits of tomato to:
- Ward off cancer: A substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is thought to be the reason for this cancer protective effect.
- Prevent DNA damage:Tomatoes are high in important antioxidants such as vitamin C and Vitamin A. these are beneficial in fighting free radicals
- Reduce the risk of heart disease: just 7 to 10 servings of tomato products per week had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease in women. These is because fo there vitamin and mineral composition.
- Improve and protect complexion: Tomatoes make your skin look great. Beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, helps protect skin against sun damage. Tomatoes’ lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage, a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles.