Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Incase you did not know, tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable even though it’s often used as a vegetable. It belongs to Solanaceae family just like potatoes, chili peppers…etc.

There are different varieties of tomatoes available in the market and they are quite cheap. Depending on specific variety, tomatoes differ in shape, size, taste & color, which range from red, green, orange, yellow, purple...etc.

According to recent studies, genetically modified (non-organic or hybrid) tomatoes are not as nutritious and nature given tomatoes.

Fresh ripe tomato have bright red color (may vary depending on the brand), firm texture and rich flavor. Avoid too soft tomatoes with wrinkles or discolored sports on the surface as they are signs of bad tomatoes or overstayed stock.

Fresh raw tomatoes are much higher in nutrients than cooked tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes tend to decrease in vitamin C but increase in lycopene compound.

Store unripe tomatoes at room temperature to fasten their ripening process and once ripe, refrigerate to preserve their flavor and freshness and as well as slow down ripening process.