Health Benefits of Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are a versatile food widely used for cooking in many cultures and regions. Although it's a fruit, many people confuse tomatoes for a vegetable because of the way it's eaten or prepared. From pasta dishes to pizza and salads to condiments, tomatoes can be found pretty much anywhere.

Even among those who eat a lot of tomatoes, few are aware of the many health benefits they offer. The benefits of tomatoes range from healthier skin and hair to maintaining strong bones. The best part of tomatoes is how easy people find it to incorporate them into their diet.

High in Certain Vitamins & Nutrients

Tomatoes are high in a variety of vitamins and nutrients the body requires for optimal health. Vitamins C, K, A and the mineral potassium can be found in high concentrations in tomatoes. These essential nutrients are necessary for bone health, skin health and proper immune system function.

The unique aspect of tomatoes is the concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants may help the body fight free radicals that are produced by the body or caused by environmental pollutants. Although tomatoes are particularly high in lycopene, they also contain moderate amounts of the antioxidants lutein and beta-carotene.

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