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Benefits of Tomatoes to Get a Healthy Life

Updated on March 18, 2013

Have you ever imagined that tomatoes have wonderful benefits for your life?! Most people do not know much about how good tomatoes can be to us when it comes to health matters. There are several kinds of tomatoes available on the market right now. They are cheap and easy to get. It has been proved scientifically that tomatoes help to prevent many serious illnesses such as cancer (in both men and women), osteoporosis, skin damage and many other health problems.

Types of Tomatoes

First of all let’s know more about tomatoes! Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) are fruits that first appeared in America. They grow extremely well where the climate is cool. Here are some of the most famous kinds of tomatoes:

Globe tomatoes are the most common kind, and usually the cheapest one as well. These fruits are generally big, unevenly round and slightly red in color.

Campari tomatoes are medium sized tomatoes best known for their sweet taste and little acidity.

Cherry tomatoes are delicious, sweet and small sized tomatoes that are often found in salads. They are often eaten whole and are of a deep red color.

Grape tomatoes are one of the newest kinds of tomatoes introduced in the market. They do not have a round shape, they are more like oblong shaped fruits. They are used specially in salads all around the world.

Beefsteak tomatoes are often used by industries because of their characteristics. It is hard to sell them on a supermarket. Even though these tomatoes are big and perfect for sandwiches, pizzas and other industrialized foods, they are not sold at grocery stores because they are not visually beautiful. They also have thin skin, short shelf life and also have a funny shape that resembles a kidney.

Oxheart tomatoes look like large strawberries. They can grow and they range from medium to big sizes. They are just like beefsteak tomatoes, not so beautiful to be seen. These tomatoes are also good for industries.

Pear tomatoes resemble like a pear. They are extremely juicy and pasty. They are excellent for special tomato sauces. They are often used by cooking chefs. These can also be used by industries that make tomato sauce, the ones you can buy at the grocery store inside cans.

Plum tomatoes are tomatoes often used by the industry to make tomato sauce.

Benefits

Now that we know a little bit more about the most famous kinds of tomatoes let’s learn some more about their benefits to our health.

First of all, tomatoes are one of the main sources of lycopene. Lycopene is a red carotene and carotene can be found only in red fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is a great helper to prevent men of having prostate cancer. Moreover, consuming tomatoes regularly will help you avoid serious problems, such as osteoporosis, heart problems, cancer in general , infertility in men and many others. It was proved that lycopene also help stopping cancer from spreading. Lycopene also helps women avoid having cervix, endometrium and breast cancers.

Tomatoes are also very helpful to one's eyes! They help people against ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration), which is a serious condition that may cause blindness in the long run. Consuming foods that contain tomato made ingredients (such as tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato juice, tomato soup, canned tomatoes) also help when you want to be healthy! Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamins C, A , Potassium and Calcium.

Tomatoes also increase your body’s natural protection barriers against the sun. It is scientifically proven that people who consume more tomatoes have more natural protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays. These incredible fruits also help you stay away from skin damage and help you keeping a beautiful and young looking skin for much longer. However, this natural help does not mean you should stop using sun blocking!

Therefore, it is a good idea to add one or two tomatoes in your daily diet.

Nutrition Value of Tomato (Per 100g)

Principle
Nutrient Value
Percentage of RDA
Energy
18 Kcal
1%
Carbohydrates
3.9 g
3%
Protein
0.9 g
1.60%
Total Fat
0.2 g
0.70%
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
Dietary Fiber
1.2 g
3%
Vitamins
 
 
Folates
15 ug
4%
Niacin
0.594 mg
4%
Pyridoxine
0.080 mg
6%
Thiamin
0.037 mg
3%
Vitamin A
833 IU
28%
Vitamin C
13 mg
21.50%
Vitamin E
0.54 mg
4%
Vitamin K
7.9 ug
6.50%
Electrolytes
 
 
Sodium
5 mg
>1%
Potassium
237 mg
5%
Minerals
 
 
Calcium
10 mg
1%
Iron
0.3 mg
4%
Magnesium
11 mg
3%
Manganese
0.15 mg
6.50%
Phosphorus
24 mg
3%
Zinc
0.17 mg
1.50%
Phyto-nutrients
 
 
Carotene-b
449 ug
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Carotene-a
101 ug
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Lutein-zeaxanthin
123 ug
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Lycopene
2573 ug
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      nanta hayes 4 years ago

      Usually I didn't like tomatoes very much, guess that was for my blindness to the usefulness of tomatoes, but , dude you sure made it clear how much food value it contains. Hope you'll provide more information about other vegetables and help to enrich our knowledge regarding vegetables.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a pretty good article about tomatoes. I like learning about how different foods are healthy, and about the different types. I like the Globe tomatoes, I suppose. I never notice what they are called, but the description fits. I slice those and use them on sandwiches. And I like cherry or grape tomatoes on my salads. Roma (a plum tomato) is also good. Those taste spectacular in marinara sauce.

      Thank you for sharing this information with us.