Today I would like to start talking about lovely vegetables. My first vegetable will be tomato. I believe most of us know that technically tomatoes are fruits (from botanical viewpoint) since they are pulpy and have edible seeds. However, even though tomatoes are fruits, they are still served most of the time as vegetables.
No matter whether we see them as fruits or vegetables, tomatoes are a healthy kind of food. They have a lot of nutrients. In fact, it is largely believed that 5-9 vegetables per day can help to construct a proper immunity to many diseases including diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. Therefore tomatoes could be a nice supplement to other vegetables. Tomatoes are full of lycopene, have excellent cancer-fighting abilities, can reduce the number of free radical in bodies. To be specific, tomatoes, similarly to green tea, have lots of antioxidants that are so needed for overall health. What is really interesting is that tomatoes have a lot of varieties that could fit any taste. They differ in terms of structure, size, color and have different shapes. No matter which variant is chosen it will be still rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The richest in antioxidants are New Girl, Jet Star, Fantastic, and First Lady sorts. All tomatoes are also a great contributor to skin damaging prevention. They make our skin less sensitive to UV light damage. Another point worth mentioning is that all tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, A and K and have a moderate amount of Vitamin B6, B3, E and B1. Further to this, they have just 32 gr. of calories per 180 gr. portion (1.00 cup raw) which is relatively low. They are also a good source of fiber. One 150-180 gr. serving provides 2 – 2,5 gr. of fiber which is around 7-8% of daily recommended amount.
Overall, tomatoes are a good supplement for most of dishes since they are tasty, healthy and have a lot of sorts therefore everyone can find a right sort for any taste.