Benefits Of Tomatoes

tomatoesTomatoes are used for just about everything. From sandwiches to salads, nothing beats a good tomato. Lycopene is the substance in tomatoes that is responsible for that deep red color. However, you don’t have to eat rich red tomatoes to get the health benefits of lycopene. Orange or tangerine tomatoes also have lycopene which according to a small preliminary test, may be better absorbed by the body.

In addition to lycopene, tomatoes have been known for its tremendous antioxidant properties. Researchers have recently found a connection between the antioxidant benefits of lycopene and bone health. The study showed the effects of removing lycopene from the diet of postmenopausal women for 4 weeks. At the end of the study, the women showed signs of elevated oxidative stress in their bones.

These women also experienced unwanted changes to their bone tissue. The study researchers concluded that the removal of lycopene from the diet will likely cause increased risk of osteoporosis. People usually associate calcium or vitamin D with bone health. Now we must include lycopene antioxidants as well. The benefits of tomatoes continue to grow.

Do Organic Tomatoes Better Lycopene Content?tomatoes1

Researchers have found that lycopene content in tomatoes have more to do with the type of tomato than whether it was grown organically. There are many different varieties of tomateos with the most popular being Beef Stake tomatoes. However, studies showed that even though the difference in lycopene wasn’t  huge they were there. Jet Star, New Girl, First Lady, and Fantastic tomatoes
have a higher average of lycopene than all other tomatoes.

So if you are shopping for tomatoes based on lycopene content, one of those should be in you shopping cart . Tomatoes have also been linked with heart health and lowering cholesterol. That’s total cholesterol , LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Tomatoes also help prevent the clumping together of platelet cells. This is important in preventing atherosclerosis. The phytonutrients in tomatoes are what scientist are now starting to understand give us this great heart protection.

Tomatoes have in total 22 different nutrients that help it become one of the worlds super foods . Below is the list of vitamins and the percentage of daily value of each nutrient.

  1. Vitamin C 33%
  2.  biotin 24%
  3.  molybdenum 20%
  4.  vitamin K 16%
  5.  potassium 12%tomatoes2
  6.  copper 12%
  7.  manganese 11%
  8.   fiber 9%
  9.  vitamin A 8%
  10.  vitamin B6 8%
  11.  vitamin B3 7%
  12.  folate 7%
  13.  phosphorus 6%
  14.  vitamin B1 6%
  15.  vitamin E 6%
  16.  magnesium 5%
  17.  chromium 4%
  18.  iron 3%
  19.  zinc 3%
  20.  choline 3%
  21.  pantothenic acid 3%
  22.  protein

The health benefits of tomatoes cannot be ignored. Who knew this most common fruit had this much benefit to it. Let’s all try and eat more tomatoes.

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