Tomato Nutrition Facts,
Health Benefits of Tomatoes

All about tomato nutrition facts, health benefits of tomatoes and tomato juice, calories in tomatoes and tomato nutrients

Tomatoes contain one of the three best known sources of the antioxidant lycopene, a potent anti-cancer carotenoid, and a pigment that makes the tomato red.  Together with the antioxidants, vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotene, tomatoes are thought to lower the cancer rates in the stomach, lung and prostate, following research when comparing two groups of tomato and non-tomato eaters.

They are also believed to reduce the incidence of bladder, pancreas and cervix cancers, as tomatoes are thought to help fight against rogue molecules that can cause cell damage.

According to the US nutritional database, tomatoes are very low in calories, approximately 18 calories per 100g, very low in fat and contain no cholesterol. Other benefits of tomatoes are thought to include a reduction in skin damage from the sun, thus slowing down the appearance of the aging process, and a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis. Tomatoes also contain lutein which is thought to slow the age related macular degeneration.

Sun-dried tomatoes are in effect, tomatoes that have been allowed to dry out. Tomatoes are approximately 90-95% water, and the process of drying them removes most of the water, whilst still retaining their nutrients.

Tomato nutrients are thought to be at their highest concentration when cooked.  If you have children and they refuse to eat tomatoes, then ketchup is a good substitute.

Compare tomato nutrition facts to the other fruits.

Tomato Nutrition Facts
Tomato Juice Nutrition Facts

Nutritional Value of Tomatoes

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Tomato and Tomato Juice Nutrition
Tomato nutrition facts per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Scientific Name: Lycopersicon esculentum
Proximates:
NutrientsTomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average
Refuse: 9% (Core and stem ends)
Tomato juice, canned, with salt added
Water94.52 g93.90 g
Energy74 kJ (18 kcal)73 kJ (17 kcal)
Protein0.88 g0.76 g
Carbohydrates3.89 g4.24 g
Fiber1.2 g0.4 g
Total Fat:0.20 g0.05 g
Cholesterol0 mg0 mg
Minerals:
Calcium, Ca10 mg (1 %)10 mg (1%)
Iron, Fe0.27 mg (1.5 %)0.43 mg (2%)
Magnesium, Mg11 mg (3 %)11 mg (3%)
Phosphorus, P24 mg (2.4 %)18 mg (2%)
Potassium, K237 mg (5 %)229 mg (7%)
Sodium, Na5 mg (0.2 %)269 mg (11%)
Zinc, Zn0.17 mg (1 %)0.15 mg (1%)
Copper, Cu0.059 mg (3 %)0.061 mg (3%)
Manganese, Mn0.114 mg (6 %)0.070 mg (4%)
Vitamins:
Vitamin C13.7 mg (23 %)18.3 mg (31%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1)0.037 mg (2.5 %)0.047 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)0.019 mg (1 %)0.031 mg (2%)
Niacin (Vit. B3)0.594 mg (3 %)0.673 mg (3%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)0.089 mg (1 %)0.250 mg (3%)
Vitamin B60.080 mg (4 %)0.111 mg (6%)
Folate (Vit. B9)15 mcg (4 %)20 mg (5%)
Vitamin A833 IU (17 %)450 IU (9%)
Vitamin E0.54 mg (3 %)0.32 mg (2%)
Vitamin K7.9 mcg (10 %)2.3 mcg (3%)
Percentages are relative to US Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for adults.
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

Author: Lana Soko





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