Tomatoes Nutrition Guide


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Today's tomatoes bear little resemblance to those of a decade or so ago. After a period of bland, firm crops, the variety, flavour and power of tomatoes was restored thanks to dedicated seed harvesters and growers.

Heart Healthy Lycopene

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to have a wide range of preventative health benefits. Lycopene helps the body resist sun damage, maintain and improve heart health, and lowers your risk of a number of different cancers. You can take Lycopene supplements, but why would you when tomatoes are delicious, affordable, and contain such high levels that even in sauce form they're Lycopene-rich?  

Vitamin C Charged

Tomatoes are super rich in Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant and immune booster, helping to fight off common virus causing the flu. Vitamin C also assists your body to absorb iron from iron rich plant-based foods (e.g. beans, chickpeas and lentils). This is particularly important for non-meat eaters, as including vegetables high in vitamin C with your meal can help your body absorb more iron.

Vitamin A Abundant

Carotenoids are the compounds that make tomatoes red, yellow, orange, green and the many shades in between. The naturally high Carotenoid concentration in tomatoes is also what makes them powerful sources of Vitamin A. Which is important for so many function, including eyesight, immune health, reproductive health, and general growth and development.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is important when it comes calcium metabolism, and therefore bone health. It's also heavily implicated in maintaining good cardiovascular health. Most importantly, Vitamin K is essential to the process of blood clotting, the function that literally prevents us from bleeding to death, hence the Vitamin K injection that's routinely given to newborn babies in Australia.

Fun Fact

There are over 10,000 strains of tomatoes, not all of which are edible or farmed, and they can be pink, black and even white!