Fruit or Vegetable? Tomatoes are Good to Eat!


Woman Shopping for Tomatoes

Do you refer to tomatoes as vegetables? If you’re guilty of making this common error, you’re not alone. Because tomatoes aren’t as sweet as grapes, peaches, or strawberries, many people don’t classify them appropriately as the fruits they are. Regardless of whether you associate tomatoes with vegetables or fruits, they are one of the most nutritiously dense foods at the supermarket.

Tomatoes are superfoods for a variety of reasons. Some of the biggest health benefits of this juicy fruit is derived from the four carotenoids they contain: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. All of these carotenoids provide health advantages both individually and collectively. Lycopene is routinely noted as the "rock star" of the carotenoids due to its high antioxidant properties. In fact, studies suggest consuming lycopene might reduce the risk of succumbing to pancreatic cancer.

To receive the greatest health benefits from the carotenoids found in tomatoes, you may want to combine them with other healthy fats such as avocados and olive oil. When eaten with healthy fats, your body might increase its absorption of the health boosting carotenoids by 2 to 15 times. Besides carotenoids, tomatoes also contain health benefiting potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. 

In addition to their undeniable nutritional value, tomatoes are also one of the most versatile foods available at the grocery store. You can enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also make delicious, hydrating snacks. Tomatoes are tasty when eaten alone or combined with other ingredients. Many people wouldn’t consider a green salad complete without a generous helping of red tomatoes piled on top of it.

This hearty fruit is also the base of many tantalizingly tasty pasta sauces. Tomato juice is a refreshing and energizing beverage. If you desire to fuel your body with real food that packs a nutritional punch, stock up on tomatoes during your next visit to your favorite grocery store or farmers market.

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