What are the benefits of a tomato?

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What are the benefits of a tomato?

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Ramal Lakshan Staff answered 2 weeks ago

Whether tomato is a fruit or a vegetable is not certain. What is indeed certain is that it is “functional food”, that is, it provides more than just basic nutrition. A plant which was once considered poisonous has other health benefits due to the presence of lycopene.
There are ample benefits of consuming vegetables and fruits. Research suggests that the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer goes down with the increase in consumption of vegetable food. High vegetable intake is associated with healthy skin and hair, increased energy and lower weight.
Nutritional facts
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A and C, as well as folic acid. They also have a wide variety of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, lycopene, choline, carotene, and lutein.
A single medium-sized tomato contains:
• 22 calories
• 0 grams of fat
• 5 grams of carbohydrate
• 1 gram of protein
• 1.5 grams of fiber
The alpha-lipoic acid in the body helps to convert glucose into energy. It helps to control the glucose level in the blood and protects against retinopathy in diabetic patients. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that gives tomatoes their brilliant red color. Tomatoes account for 80 percent of lycopene consumption. The Choline present in tomatoes helps to induce and regulate sleep, muscle movement and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of the cellular membranes while helping in the absorption of fat.
Benefits of tomatoes
1. Studies have shown repeatedly that type 1 diabetics who consume a high-fibre diet have lower blood glucose levels. In type 2 diabetics, fiber consumption leads to improved blood sugar and insulin levels.
2. Regular consumption of tomatoes improves the production of collagen. Collagen is crucial to keeping the skin healthy and smooth. The vitamin C present in tomatoes is an important element in our body since it works as an antioxidant. The vitamin C helps to prevent damage to the skin from pollutants in the air, dust, and sun rays
3. Eating tomatoes can help to keep you hydrated and regulate your bowel movements. The fiber present is vital for minimizing constipation.
4. Pregnant women should consume tomatoes regularly. The folic acid present in them helps to protect against neural tube defects in infants.
5. The folic acid present in tomatoes prevents the excess production of homocysteine. This prevents the onset of depression. Excess homocysteine slows down the production of serotonin and dopamine.
6. Tomatoes help prevent several types of cancer. The high level of lycopene reduces the risk of prostate, colorectal and stomach cancer. Lycopene behaves as an antioxidant and slows down the growth of cancerous cells. Cooked tomatoes produce more lycopene than uncooked tomatoes.
7. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin K and calcium. Both of the nutrients are essential in strengthening and repairing bones.
8. Because of vitamin B and potassium present in tomatoes, regular consumption can reduce cholesterol and decrease blood pressure.
9. The vitamin A present in tomatoes is good for improving your vision.
10. Eating tomatoes reduces the damage done to your body done by smoking. Tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid which work to protect the body from carcinogens.