Despite being a fruit native to South America, the tomato is generally consumed and prepared as a vegetable. What we tend to ignore are the incredible benefits of this humble kitchen staple.
Tomatoes are a good source of several vitamins and minerals:
- Vitamin C. One medium-sized tomato can provide about 28% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
- Potassium. Potassium is beneficial for blood pressure control and heart disease prevention
- Vitamin K1. Important for blood clotting and bone health.
- Folate (vitamin B9). One of the B vitamins, folate is important for normal tissue growth and cell function.
- Tomatoes are the major source of the antioxidant called lycopene, linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
Summer is a great moment to incorporate more tomatoes into your meals. And we have just the right recipe!
Whilst great for salads or as a healthy snack, tomatoes are best combined with other ingredients that will highlight their flavor. We use the seasonal strawberries, but mango or even pineapple would make sublime companions too.