This juicy fruit contains LOADS of vitamin C, so much so that they give oranges a real run for their money. Botanically, the tomato is a fruit and it sits in the plant family called nightshades (along with peppers, chillies, aubergines and potatoes).
These cheeky devils are filled with potent antioxidants phytonutrients called carotenoids. Tomatoes are the richest source of an exceptionally potent carotenoid called lycopene, which is responsible for the tomato’s deep red colour. Scientific studies show that eating foods rich in lycopene can protect against several types of cancer, including lung, stomach and prostate, and shows promising results when it comes to protecting against breast cancer and cancers of the digestive system. This hearty antioxidant also lowers your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.
Tomatoes also contain high levels of beta-carotene, another potent antioxidant carotenoid that converts to vitamin A in the body. This antioxidant supports the immune system and helps maintain healthy skin and tissue lining.
They are also a good source of vitamin E, which is important for a strong immune system and healthy skin, eyes and nervous system.
Tomatoes contain no saturated fatty acids, they are low in salt, starch and sugars and are high in dietary fibre. The wonderful antioxidants in tomatoes make them an important addition to any diet. They help protect against free radicals which can cause cell damage and DNA mutation.
They even contain vitamin K and calcium, which means they are good for both strengthening and repairing our bones too!