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Tomato Nutrition & Tomato Soup Nutrition Fact
(Tomato scientific name: Solanum lycopersicum)
Tomato InfoTomato is classified as a vegetable. However, botanically speaking, tomato is a fruit of the tomato vine. Hence, tomato is both a vegetable and a fruit.
Tomato is believed to have originated from South America and was brought by the Spaniards to Europe in the 1500s and later to the Philippines, which spread throughout Asia. Today, tomato can be found world wide and consumed by all peoples in all continents. The five top producers to tomatoes are: the U.S., China, Turkey, Italy and India.
Tomato NutritionBased on the volume of consumption per person, tomato is the top source of Vitamin A and C in the western diet. It also contains a significant amounts of dietary fiber, beta-carotene, iron, lycopene, magnesium, niacin, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin and thiamine.
Tomato is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. And unlike most foods, cooking or processing of tomato is beneficial to health. It increases its lycopene content (e.g. tomato paste, catsup, tomato soup, tomato sauce). This is so because as heating up tomato breaks down its cell walls and releasing more lycopene, a phytochemical that is beneficial to good health. Test also shows that eating tomatoes has more benefits (with all of its other ingredients) than taking lycopene alone.
Tomato Nutrition Fact
*Based on USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (2005)
Medicinal Properties of TomatoTomatoes is rich in lycopene, the carotenoid in tomato that is responsible for it's and deep red color. Lycopene is a strong anti-oxidant that has many health benefits to the body. The foremost benefit of anti-oxidants is that it destroys cancer causing free radicals in the body. Lycopene is ten times more efficient in sniffing out free radicals than Vitamin E. Test shows that the more the consumption of tomatoes, the greater the affectivity. And the lower the risk of cancer - more so for prostate, stomach and lung cancers.
In addition to from helping prevent cancer, anti-oxidants in tomatoes is also good for the heart, helps prevent premature aging and reduces the risk of chronic diseases while foliate in tomatoes reduces women's risk of delivering a child with spinal cord and brain defects.
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