2014-03-18 12:03:16 - Tomatoes often considered a vegetable, is in fact a fruit. However, notwithstanding what they are referred to as, tomatoes are an amazingly versatile food item rich in various nutrients. Once considered toxic, tomatoes have become incredibly popular for its health benefits now.
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They are pretty low in calories and rich in anti-oxidant, contains vitamins such as Vitamin A, C and K besides being rich in many essential nutrients such as alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein.
In addition to this they are low in sodium and a good supplier of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. They are also rich in fiber and have high water content and thereby can be used as a filling food.
Among the numerous benefits, tomatoes are wonderful option for getting a glowing and healthy skin, prevents wrinkles, controls high blood pressure, high cholesterol and also heart diseases. This great food helps increase bone mass, fights cancer by preventing cell damage, helps
increase vision, makes hair look healthy by adding shine, prevents kidney stones, relieves chronic pain besides helping in weight loss.
It tastes great and can be consumed either raw, used in salad or sandwich, can be used as gravy for vegetables, consumed as soup, juice and not to forget the yummy ketchup sauce. A medium sized tomato (approximately 123 grams) is believed to offer 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrate (including 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of sugar), 1 gram of protein and 16 milligrams of sodium.
It also helps in fulfilling the 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, vitamin and iron etc.
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