JUST WHY ARE TOMATOES SO ‘EX-SEED-INGLY’ GOOD FOR YOU?

JUST WHY ARE TOMATOES SO ‘EX-SEED-INGLY’ GOOD FOR YOU?

Tomatoes are also incredibly versatile. You can have them raw or cooked, in salads, sauces, soups, sandwiches, or simply on toast! You can even drink them in juices. However you like to eat (or drink!) them, just make sure you have plenty of them, because as we’ve discussed, they’ll work wonders for your health!
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Here at SORSO we love tomatoes. We can’t get enough of them. We put them in everything we do - sauces, soups, gazpachos and more!

But why do we love them so much? They taste great, of course. They’re also easy to cook with, you can even eat them just as they are. But as well as all this, they are also incredibly good for you. There are so many health benefits to these lovely little fruits (yes, they are a fruit, not a vegetable) that we really should be packing them into every single meal.

Nutritional Benefits of Tomatoes

From your heart to your skin, there’s not much that a tomato can’t help with, so let’s take a closer look at what it can do for our health.

According to Healthline (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes#nutrition ) the nutritional content of a small (100g) tomato is as follows:

  • Calories: 18
  • Water: 95%
  • Protein: 0.9 grams
  • Carbs: 3.9 grams
  • Sugar: 2.6 grams
  • Fibre: 1.2 grams
  • Fat: 0.2 grams

Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C - Vitamin C is a really important vitamin and is essential for protecting cells and keeping them healthy, keeping your skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage healthy, and helping to heal wounds. One humble tomato provides 28% of your daily recommended intake of this wonder-vitamin!

Tomatoes also contain plenty of other vitamins and minerals - Potassium - good for preventing heart disease, folate - essential for normal tissue growth and vitamin K1 - good for bone health, are all found in tomatoes!

Lycopene - this is a plant compound found in abundance in tomatoes and it has been shown to have significant health benefits such as being an antioxidant, helping with sun protection, improving the health of your heart and reducing your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Lycopene is actually more abundant in more concentrated forms of tomatoes, such as sauces, purees and passatas!

According to Healthline, ‘Gram for gram, the amount of lycopene in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes’. 

So the bottom line is that tomatoes are incredibly good for you, as well as tasting delicious. There have been many studies over the years which have looked into the health benefits of tomatoes and they all pretty much say the same thing, they’re pretty damn healthy.

Tomatoes have been proven to:

  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Improve heart health
  • Help fight off oxidants
  • Improve skin and bone health
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Decrease the risk of blood clotting
  • Help protect the skin against sunburn

Tomatoes are also incredibly versatile. You can have them raw or cooked, in salads, sauces, soups, sandwiches, or simply on toast! You can even drink them in juices. However you like to eat (or drink!) them, just make sure you have plenty of them, because as we’ve discussed, they’ll work wonders for your health!

Enjoy!