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Information on Tomatoes

Tomatoes are an integral part of many recipes, and are used in their raw, fresh form and in the form of sauce, puree, juice and many others. Tomatoes originated in South America and are herbaceous plants which are also known by the botanical name of solanum lycopersicum. They are very popular throughout. The most common varieties include cherry tomatoes, roma type tomatoes, plum tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and several others. Most common varieties are red but there are also cultivars whose fruit can be yellow, white, orange, black, pink, green or purple.

Tomato Calories

A serving of 149 grams of ripe raw red cherry tomatoes contains 27 calories, while each serving of 243 grams of canned tomato juice with salt added may contain up to 41 calories. Each serving of 240 grams of boiled red ripe tomatoes without salt contains 43 calories, while a serving of 131 grams of canned tomato paste with salt added contains 107 calories. A serving of 139 grams of chopped raw yellow tomatoes contains approximately 21 calories. One can easily figure out that tomatoes do not contain excessive amounts of calories.

Tomato Nutrition Facts

A serving of 149 grams of red ripe cherry tomatoes contains 26.8 calories. It also contains 1.3 grams of proteins, 0.7 grams of ash, 1241 International Units of vitamin A, 141 grams of water, 18.9 milligrams of vitamin C, 10.4 grams of phytosterols, 0.8 milligrams of vitamin E, 3.4 micrograms of fluoride, 11.8 micrograms of vitamin K, 0.2 milligrams of manganese, 0.1 milligrams of thiamine, 0.1 milligrams of copper, 0.9 milligrams of niacin, 0.3 milligrams of zinc, 0.1 milligrams of vitamin B6, 7.5 milligrams of sodium, 22.3 micrograms of folate, 353 milligrams of potassium, 0.1 milligrams of pantothenic acid, 35.8 milligrams of phosphorus, 10 milligrams of choline, 16.4 milligrams of magnesium, 0.1 milligrams of betaine, 0.4 milligrams of iron, 5.8 grams of total carbohydrates, 14.9 milligrams of calcium, 1.8 grams of dietary fiber, 119 milligrams of total omega 6 fatty acids, 3.9 grams of sugar, 4.5 milligrams of total omega 3 fatty acids and 0.3 grams of total fat. Tomatoes do not contain any cholesterol.

Tomato Health Benefits

Tomatoes are very efficient in aiding the weight loss, controlling the heart rate, controlling the blood pressure, reducing the risk of kidney stones, reducing the risk of gallstones, preventing cancer, strengthening the immune system, fighting the free radicals, enhancing the vision, toning the skin, preventing hemorrhage, reducing the risk of birth defects and reducing the damage from the UV rays.

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