There still may be some ambiguity regarding the labeling of tomato as a fruit or vegetable but there is no disputing the fact that it is loaded with antioxidants and offers various health benefits.

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Tomatoes can be consumed raw in the form of salads, can be drunk as juice or soup and can be pickled. Tomatoes mildly cooked in olive oil yield the maximum benefits.

 Nutrient Content

Tomato is rich in the antioxidant, lycopene, which is a red pigment. The other nutrients present in tomato are:

  • Vitamins – Vitamin A , Vitamin C and Vitamin E
  • Antioxidants anthocyanin and beta carotene
  • Minerals – Potassium
  • Water

Health Benefits

Tomatoes offer the following benefits to health:

  • Lycopene helps combat prostate cancer and sustained consumption also helps reduce the risk of developing breast, esophagus, mouth, intestinal, pancreatic and neck cancers.
  • Lycopene enhances the ability of the skin to protect itself from harmful ultra violet radiation.
  • Tomatoes reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Tomatoes aid in fostering mental and physical activities in the elderly.
  • Tomatoes are also known to play a role in the prevention of cataract formation in the eyes.
  • Puree and Sauce made from tomato are believed to be effective in treating symptoms of lower urinary tract.
  • Consuming tomatoes is also considered to help in preventing neurodegenerative diseases.

Disclaimer: Any advice or information provided in this page should not be seen as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Your family physician knows better about your medical history and only they can provide you with personalized advice keeping in mind your unique needs.