It is an edible fruit. It is consumed in many ways such as raw, as an ingredient for dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. (Health Benefits of Tomatoes)
Tomato is a berry type fruit and is mainly grown in temperate climates.
- Beefsteak tomatoes used mainly for sandwiches.
- Plum tomatoes used to make sauce or paste.
- Cheery tomatoes, small and round and are sweet in taste.
- Grape tomatoes, similar to plum tomatoes.
- Campari tomatoes, sweet in taste and mainly used for preparing juices.
- Tomberries, small sized.
- Daily consumption provides a great boost to health and also improves the flavor of food.
- They are easy to cultivate and grows very quickly, making it a quickly replaceable food source.
- This fruit has a soft, pinkish red flesh & a number of seeds along with a slightly sweet taste.
- It is considered both as vegetables and as a fruit.
Tomatoes are rich in various nutrients making it good for the overall health. The nutrients are listed below:-
- Vitamin C, A, K, B-6,
- Dietary Fiber,
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TOMATOES:-
They are rich sources of antioxidants that are effective against many forms of cancer. Some of the other health benefits are as follows:
It contains a large amount of lycopene which is an antioxidant that is highly effective in preventing cancer. This benefit can also be obtained from tomato ketchup.
The lycopene in tomatoes is particularly effective in fighting prostate cancer, cervical cancer, stomach cancer and rectum and also pharynx and esophageal cancers. It also provides protection against breast cancer and mouth cancer.
Rich Source of Vitamins & Minerals:-
A tomato can provide around 40% of the daily vitamin C required by the body. It is a natural antioxidant which provides protection against cancer-causing free radicals.
It also contains a huge amount of vitamin A and potassium and iron. Potassium helps in maintaining nerve health and iron helps in maintaining normal blood health. Tomato also contains vitamin K which is required for blood clotting and also controls bleeding.
Protects Heart by Reducing Cholesterol:-
The lycopene present in tomatoes prevents serum lipid oxidation providing a protective effect against heart diseases.
Regular consumption of tomato decrease the levels of LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein or Bad Cholesterol) cholesterol and triglycerides content in the blood. These lipids are most important factors responsible for heart diseases, leading deposition of fats in the blood vessels.
Counters Smoking Effects:-
The two components of tomatoes,i.e., coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid helps the body fight against nitrosamines, which are produced by the body and are the main carcinogenic compounds found in cigarettes.
The abundant amount of vitamin A present in tomatoes also reduces the effects of carcinogens and protects against lung cancer.
Vitamin A present in the tomatoes aids in improving the vision of the eyes and also prevents night-blindness.
Tomatoes prevent constipation and diarrhea both from occurring.
Tomato Benefits for Weight Loss:-
They are rich in the fiber content and aids digestion and removes the excessive fat from the body. Thus, promoting weight loss.
Due to the presence of potassium in the tomatoes in rich amount helps in reducing hypertension if consumed on daily basis.
It prevents and lowers diabetes by reducing the oxidative stress.
Tomato Benefits for Skin:-
Tomatoes help in maintaining healthy teeth, hair, bones, and skin. Topical application of tomato juice is known to cure severe sunburns. Daily consumption of tomato protects the skin against UV-induced disorders. They are also used in anti-aging products.
Prevents Urinary Tract Infections:-
Due to the presence of high water content, they stimulate urination and acts as a diuretic. This property helps in eliminating all the toxins from the body and also some amount of fat as well.
Due to the anti-oxidant effect of tomato, it helps in preventing gallstone formation in the body.