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Tomato Nutrition

Tomato Nutrition Tomato nutrition contains a phytonutrient called lycopene which is a carotenoid that has powerful antioxidant properties. Tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

  • Tomatoes contain lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells from free radical damage, thereby helping to prevent cancer. Lycopene also helps to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol which helps to prevent atherosclerosis.

  • Tomato nutrition is also an excellent source of vitamin A which plays a part in eye health and also help to fight off viral infections.

  • Tomatoes provide a fairly high amount of potassium which helps the nerves and muscles to function properly and also maintains the bodies' acid balance. Potassium also helps to lower the risk of high blood pressure.

  • Tomatoes are also high in niacin (vitamin B3) which helps to lower cholesterol and stabilises the blood sugar. B3 also helps the body to process fats.

  • Tomato nutrition also provides a fairly good source of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps to turn carbohydrates and fats into energy and plays a part in adrenal gland health.

  • One cup of tomatoes contains around 25 calories.



    THE FULL NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF TOMATOES:

    Tomatoes, orange, raw

    Refuse: 9%  (Core and stem ends)
    Scientific Name:  Lycopersicon esculentum
    NDB No: 11695 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)

    Nutrient Units 1.00 X 1 cup, chopped
    -------
    158g
    Proximates
    Water
    g
    149.75
    Energy
    kcal
    25
    Energy
    kJ
    106
    Protein
    g
    1.83
    Total lipid (fat)
    g
    0.30
    Ash
    g
    1.09
    Carbohydrate, by difference
    g
    5.02
    Fiber, total dietary
    g
    1.4
    Minerals
    Calcium, Ca
    mg
    8
    Iron, Fe
    mg
    0.74
    Magnesium, Mg
    mg
    13
    Phosphorus, P
    mg
    46
    Potassium, K
    mg
    335
    Sodium, Na
    mg
    66
    Zinc, Zn
    mg
    0.22
    Copper, Cu
    mg
    0.098
    Manganese, Mn
    mg
    0.139
    Selenium, Se
    mcg
    0.6
    Vitamins
    Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
    mg
    25.3
    Thiamin
    mg
    0.073
    Riboflavin
    mg
    0.054
    Niacin
    mg
    0.937
    Pantothenic acid
    mg
    0.294
    Vitamin B-6
    mg
    0.095
    Folate, total
    mcg
    46
    Folic acid
    mcg
    0
    Folate, food
    mcg
    46
    Folate, DFE
    mcg_DFE
    46
    Vitamin B-12
    mcg
    0.00
    Vitamin A, RAE
    mcg_RAE
    118
    Retinol
    mcg
    0
    Vitamin A, IU
    IU
    2364
    Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
    mcg
    0.0
    Vitamin D
    IU
    0
    Lipids
    Fatty acids, total saturated
    g
    0.040
    4:0
    g
    0.000
    6:0
    g
    0.000
    8:0
    g
    0.000
    10:0
    g
    0.000
    12:0
    g
    0.000
    14:0
    g
    0.000
    16:0
    g
    0.030
    18:0
    g
    0.011
    Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
    g
    0.044
    16:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.002
    18:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.044
    20:1
    g
    0.000
    22:1 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
    g
    0.120
    18:2 undifferentiated
    g
    0.115
    18:3 undifferentiated
    g
    0.005
    18:4
    g
    0.000
    20:4 undifferentiated
    g
    0.000
    20:5 n-3 (EPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:5 n-3 (DPA)
    g
    0.000
    22:6 n-3 (DHA)
    g
    0.000
    Cholesterol
    mg
    0
    Phytosterols
    mg
    6
    Amino acids
    Tryptophan
    g
    0.013
    Threonine
    g
    0.046
    Isoleucine
    g
    0.043
    Leucine
    g
    0.066
    Lysine
    g
    0.066
    Methionine
    g
    0.016
    Cystine
    g
    0.024
    Phenylalanine
    g
    0.047
    Tyrosine
    g
    0.032
    Valine
    g
    0.047
    Arginine
    g
    0.046
    Histidine
    g
    0.028
    Alanine
    g
    0.052
    Aspartic acid
    g
    0.254
    Glutamic acid
    g
    0.675
    Glycine
    g
    0.046
    Proline
    g
    0.035
    Serine
    g
    0.049
    USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 (2009)

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