TOMATOES

TOMATOES

BENEFITS

  • A useful soruce of vitamin C, beta carotene, folate, and potassium.
  • A good source of lycopena, an antioxidant that protects against some cancers

DRAWBACKS

  • Raw or cooked, may cause indigestion and heartburn.
  • A possible cause of allergies.

SPECIAL BENEFITS

A well-knows Harvard study showed that men who regularly are tomato-based foods had lower rates of prostate cancer,. Other studies continue to support this observation. The researchers theorize that lycopene--a powerful antioxidant is the natural cancer fighting agent in tomatoes. Other studies show that lycopene provides defense against a number of other conditions, including other cancers and heart disease. It is known to slow down damage to human cells caused by aging and disease.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

One medium-size ripe tomato contains only 26 calories, together with about 23 mg of vitamin C and 20 mcg of folate. Most of the vitamin C is concentrated in the jellylike substance that encase the seeds, Many recipes advisse removeing the seeds to prevent the development of a bitter taste during cooking; cooks who prefer to conserve all possibel nutients may use plum tomatoes, which have smaller seeds that impart less bitterness than larger ones.

Commerically prepared tomato sauces vary in calorie content, depending on added ingredients. Some tomato products may have high levels of added salt; People no low-sodium diets should look for those with no extra salt. On average, a half cup of canned tomato sauce contains about 40 calories, which may increase substantially with the addition of oil.

TOMATOES ARE ACTUALLY A TYPE BERRY AND WERE CALLED "LOVE APPLES" IN THE 16TH CENTURY. Tomato's flavor depends more on the variety and how ripe it is than on where it has ripened. Varieties include baby plum, beefsteak, cherry, plum, vine, and yellow cherry.

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