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HEALTH: Are tomatoes are good for you?

Health Myths: Exposed


Photo by Lorie Palmer

It’s true! Can it be truer than true, or doubly true? If so, then it is. Tomatoes have many benefits and it’s not just fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are processed with the nutrients intact, so don’t be afraid to eat them as well. Just try to purchase ones without added salt or preservatives – or better yet, plan to can or freeze your own next summer.

Here’s what tomatoes are good for:


Health Myths: Exposed

Ways to get extra tomatoes in your diet

Makes your own fresh salsa using lots of tomatoes – put this on scrambled eggs, burritos, tortilla chips and more.

Use fresh or stewed tomatoes on baked potatoes or in pasta.

Add tomatoes to soups and stews.

Grill tomatoes with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.

Stuff and broil tomatoes.

Slice tomatoes on your sandwiches, in your salad or use as a side dish to any mean course.

  • One serving of red, ripe, raw tomatoes (one cup) is a good source of vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.

  • One serving of tomatoes gives you 7 percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber. Tomatoes also have a relatively high water content, which makes them a filling food.

  • Tomatoes make your skin look great. Beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potatoes, helps protect skin against sun damage. Tomatoes’ lycopene also makes skin less sensitive to UV light damage.

  • Tomatoes build strong bones. The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes are both very good for strengthening and repairing bones. Lycopene also has been shown to improve bone mass, and, therefore, help fight osteoporosis.

  • Tomatoes are a natural cancer fighter. Lycopene can reduce the risk of several cancers, including prostate, cervical, mouth, pharynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, prostate and ovarian.

  • Tomatoes can keep your blood sugar in balance. Tomatoes are a very good source of chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.

  • Tomatoes can improve vision. The vitamin A that tomatoes provide can improve vision and help prevent night blindness. Recent research shows that consuming tomatoes may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

*Tomatoes are also said to help your hair be shiny, help reduce the risk of gall and kidney stones, assist in chronic pain (tomatoes are high in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are known anti-inflammatory agents), and can assist in weight loss as they contain a lot of water and fiber

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