Are Tomatoes Good For You?
From cherry and Santorini to heirloom and Campari, the world of tomatoes is a sweet and diverse one. But are they actually good for us?
It’s hard not to bite into fresh, ripe tomatoes and instantly be transported to a hot, nostalgic summer food memory. These sweet vine-growing fruits are the edible berries of the Solanum Lycopersicum (or tomato) plant.
They’re zingy, and packed full of colour and flavour, making them ideal for vibrant salads, rich sauces and fresh sandwiches – but are they good for you?
Are tomatoes good for you?
In a word, yes. Tomatoes are a nutrient-dense food that’s full of the antioxidant lycopene as well as key vitamins and minerals.
Why are tomatoes good for you?
Lycopene is an important dietary antioxidant that helps minimise the damage done by free radicals in the body. They can help fight:
- Heart disease
- Damages against skin health
- And other age-related diseases
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, Vitamin K1, potassium and folate. All of which help contribute to good general health and bodily functions, like blood pressure and clotting control, bone health and cell function.
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By Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.