Tomatoes are nutritious fruit which can be eaten fresh as well as raw or cooked; it is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein, and carbohydrate. Scientifically known as Solanum lycopersicum, they are majorly cultivated in the Northern parts of Nigeria.
This fruits come in different shapes and colors but maintains its beautiful red color when ripe.
Good for Men
Eating fresh, whole tomatoes reduces the risk of prostate cancer in men. Prostate cancer is an abnormal growth of cells of the prostate gland. Furthermore, cancers experts advise eating balance nutrition, reduce excessive salt, red meat, and fat after that eats more fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes Nutrition facts
Basically tomato is a fruit but are commonly refers to as vegetables, it contains lots of vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, and potassium at the same time lowers blood pressure and cholesterol level thereby maintaining a healthy heart also.
The polyphenols in this fruit is a powerful antioxidant that can improve cardiovascular diseases, digestive problems consequently lowers blood sugar.
It contains carotenoids which have anticarcinogenic properties that destroy cancer cells in the body, similarly, dieting on fruits and vegetables reduce formation of different cancer cells. Tomatoes are high in lycopene which gives it the red bright carotene.
The percentage of water in this fruit is high while the carbohydrate is low, that is to say it’s perfect for those on a weight loss plan.
Beta- carotene in this fruit is equally another antioxidant that changes to vitamin A likewise is essential for proper health.
Fibers in tomatoes are insoluble, moreover it contains reasonable source of fiber that is good for digestive track and increase bowel movement.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Prevents Cancer: cancer is an abnormal growth of cells that multiply then stretch to other part of the body, carotenoids and other antioxidant present in this fruits helps fight against free radicals because they are the root cause of cancer formation in the cells.
Improve vision: beta-carotene is a good antioxidant that guards the eye against age related macular degeneration and subsequently improve eye sight.
Healthy Heart the vitamins and minerals especially, potassium in this fruit helps lower high blood pressure above all reduce cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Better skin: the vitamin C in tomatoes increases collagen production in the body that finally results into skin strength, it also reduces sunburns.
Always wash your fruits before eating; tomatoes are well tolerated and as such there are virtually known allergy found in consuming this fruit.