ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Health Benefits of Eating Tomatoes

Updated on September 6, 2020

If you have any idea about the health benefits of tomatoes then you may be surprised knowing that our ancestors thought tomatoes to be poisonous and toxic. However, now-a-days tomatoes are considered to be an essential part of our diet and everyone knows that. But, do you know why this is so healthy and how? Most of you will answer that tomatoes have low calories, vitamin C and free of fat. But, is this all for which tomatoes are given such health value? Not at all, tomatoes have so many other health values which have made this an automatic choice for all. Let’s dig a bit deeper and find out more about the health benefits of tomatoes.

Test your tomato I.Q.

view quiz statistics


Lycopene is the element responsible for those red pigments in tomatoes. Lycopene is highly recommended and praised for the presence of cancer preventing properties and antioxidant in it. Studies show that people who consume mentionable amounts of fresh tomatoes are less likely to be affected by various types of cancer compared to those who don’t consume tomatoes regularly. It is also proven that lycopene prevents the growth of cancer cells and thus helps the cancer affected people to live longer. On top of this benefit of cancer prevention, Lycopene is also crucial for the antioxidant defense of the skin. Lycopene acts as the internal natural sun block and increases the SPF (sun protection factor) by 33% which works great for both men and women.

There is a fact you should know is that lycopene is fat soluble and therefore needs some sort of dietary fat so that it can be transported through the bloodstream. So, tomato based food with some kind of oil will be the perfect idea to get the benefit of lycopene. While thinking of consuming tomatoes you should always go for organic tomatoes as it contains three times more lycopene compared to those non-organic tomatoes available in market.

Do you make it a point to add tomatoes to your diet?

See results


Vitamins are essential for our internal diseases prevention system and tomatoes help us providing lots of vitamin A, C and K. Only 150g of fresh tomatoes can fulfill our daily requirements of these vitamins while we are also being provided folate and minerals potassium. For maintaining healthy bones vitamin K of tomatoes plays a vital role by activating a protein called osteocalcin in the bones. On top of these, tomatoes also contain – thiamin, niacin, phosphorus, cooper, magnesium and vitamin B6 which are vital for our organ systems.

Cardiovascular Protection:

Besides lycopene, beta-carotene and vitamin C are also considered to be very powerful antioxidants. Cell membranes are preserved by these antioxidants from inflammatory damage that creates difficulties in atherosclerosis progression. A study in Germany showed that people who had experienced heart attacks had a comparatively lower level of lycopene than those who had never experienced a heart attack.

Folate, vitamin B6, niacin and potassium of tomatoes are very crucial for heart health. Potassium helps in reducing the systolic blood pressure which is very important for all. Niacin reduces the chance of heart attack by increasing our HDL cholesterol and decreasing the level of LDL. Higher level of homocysteine is often responsible for higher risk of stroke and heart attack but folate and vitamin B6 of tomatoes help in lowering the level of homocysteine in our body.

Weight Loss Benefits

Being sweet, tasty and delicious but low in calories tomatoes are always a great choice for health conscious living. While thinking of weight loss, organic raw tomatoes along with some other raw vegetables like celery, turnips and carrots can be a smart way to go. These foods will stay longer in our stomach and thus will keep our craving in check.

DNA Damage Prevention:

Tomatoes contain highly important antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C which work to fend of DNA damage from free radicals. As a result the habit of eating tomatoes has been proved to be good for age related diseases like diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Consuming tomatoes on a regular basis you can get rid of these following diseases as well – intestinal disorder, constipation, morning sickness, indigestion, jaundice, liver disorder, infection of the urinary tract, night blindness and eye disorder.

These are some key health benefits of tomatoes and more are being discovered through research and studies. So, if you are not eating tomatoes, it’s high time you change your food habit to some extent and include tomatoes in your daily food list. If raw and fresh tomatoes are not readily available in your local stores, you can go for tomato based processed foods which are also rich in health value and nutritional benefits.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Fierce Manson


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)